Concordia students Ian Smith, Tyler Zander, Dustin Atkinson and alum Ryan Duerr enjoy the view from Mt. Precipice in Lower Galilee, with the Jezreel Valley in the background.
Concordia University, Nebraska group tours Holy Land
2012 Aug 13A group of Concordia University, Nebraska students took part in a study tour to the Holy Land June 6-20. The tour, led by Dr. Mark Meehl, professor of theology, included visits to Galilee, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem. The tour was designed, according to Meehl, as a pilgrimage tailored to the needs of Concordia's students, alumni and friends. Participants had the opportunity to meet and speak with people of the regionaEUR"Palestinians, Israelis, Christians, Jews and MuslimsaEUR"as well as take part in a 13th century worship service in the Crusader Chapel of Jerusalem. The tour highlighted important biblical sites and events in order to help students better understand and relate to both the Old and New Testaments. "The best part of the trip was being able to learn a lot about God's Word, Middle Eastern culture, and biblical history every day knowing that I was walking where Jesus walked," said Tyler Zander, a senior theology education major. "A journey like this makes everything you learn in Sunday school, church, and in a Lutheran school classroom growing up seem and feel more real." Those participating in the tour included: