In 1991 Oasis began escorting groups to the Bible Lands together with Emmanuel Zervides of Meander Bible Tours, who himself began encouraging the brotherhood by conducting Bible based tours in the world renowned British Museum beginning in 1969. Ever since those initial trips to the Israel, Oasis and Meander have worked closely together. Our tours to Israel included a free tour of the one-of-a-kind Israel Museum in Jerusalem. It contains the greatest collection of Biblical artifacts in the world and boasts an amazing scale model of first-century Jerusalem. This model was re-installed at the museum in 2006 from the Holyland Hotel where we formerly escorted groups to view it. It’s replica of the so-called Second Temple which existed in the time of Christ is an amazing site!
In 2016 responsible brothers in Israel formed Eyewitness Tours and approached Oasis about the possibility of working together on an expanded Bible-themed tour at the Israel Museum. Their idea was to create in Israel something similar to what is done at the British Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Their goal? To provide a permanent free tour at the museum that could be conducted year-round for the encouragement of their brothers and sisters visiting Jerusalem.
Experience has shown that for most, even if we enjoy history and/or museums, nothing makes those experiences more enjoyable than to have someone guide us along with a narrative that puts what we are seeing into biblically chronological and historical perspective. So when writing this tour the objective was not just to show the museum's most interesting items, but to tell a story because stories affect not just the mind but also the heart. That affect leaves a lasting impression and makes it more enjoyable for all. As the Come Be My Follower book states, "Because we often think best in pictures, illustrations can make even abstract ideas easier to grasp."
So a theme was chosen and development work began. After many months of detailed research and preparation what was the result? A marvelous tour entitled “Let Us Go Up to the Mountain of Jehovah” This tour is tailor-made for Jehovah's Witnesses by Jehovah's Witnesses and encompasses the three most relevant wings of the museum:
- The Archaeological Wing
- The Shrine of the Book
- The First-Century Model of Jerusalem
After experiencing this tour you will have etched into your hearts and minds details like:
- How it felt to 'go up to the mountain of Jehovah' in the first century.
- What the scroll that Jesus read in the synagogue looked like. Will you be able to 'find the place', or verse, as Jesus did?
- Meet famous Biblical characters that made their mark on Jerusalem.
- Trace the steps of Jesus' momentous final day as you see 1st Century Jerusalem right before your eyes.
- See for yourself "the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century."
- This is only a sampling of the amazing treasures within this museum
The first of these tours were conducted in March 2017 and since then many have enjoyed this faith strengthening experience. We confidently and enthusiastically recommend this tour to all who have an interest! As we did with our group in May of 2017, Oasis will include this tour in our comprehensive two week tour of Israel called "The Most Beautiful of All the Lands” However, whether you are going with us or simply traveling on your own, you should consider this a "don't miss" opportunity on your next visit to Jerusalem.
We at Oasis Biblical Tours are in heart-harmony with the brothers behind Eyewitness Tours who seek neither prominence or acclaim and wish to remain anonymous. These self-sacrificing brothers in Israel with decades of full-time service have helped to ensure that the tour meets the same criteria that Oasis also seeks for all of it’s tours, namely, Biblical accuracy and harmony with current understanding of publications of the Faithful Slave. These tours are conducted for free and groups need only pay the current required museum entry fee.
The goals of this tour remain the same as those of every tour we conduct or recommend: to bring glory and honor to Jehovah and build the faith of those who visit. As with Oasis all who part of Eyewitness Tours are Jehovah's Witnesses and most are in the full-time service. All the guides are volunteers and dedicate much time to train for the tour and to make it an unforgettable spiritual experience for you their guests. At our core, we all share two things in common:
- A passion for the Bible, history and archaeology that bring praise to Jehovah as the stones of archaeology "cry out." (Lu. 19:40)
- We consider it a privilege to share what we have researched for the encouragement of our brothers and sisters as they examine these items more closely themselves.
The “Let Us Go Up to the Mountain of Jehovah” tours is conducted exclusively by Eyewitness Tours. If you wish to contact them for assistance with this tour or for other sites in Israel, please use visit their website by clicking their name anywhere on this page, or by clicking below: