‘Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books. And one you will find in the land they call holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you.’ (Bargil Pixner)
The Holy Land is sometimes referred to as ‘the Fifth Gospel’.
In a sense, this tiny conflicted strip of land on the edge of the Mediterranean itself tells the sacred story. It is a place where pilgrims experience a special closeness to the events and people of the Bible.
The Holy Land is sacred for all three Abrahamic faiths. It is a Land integral to Jewish identity. It contains sites holy to Muslims. It is the place of Jesus’ birth, life and death. For Christian pilgrims, it offers the chance to trace the footsteps of Jesus and to draw close to the birthplace of Christianity.
Let a dream be born in your classroom.
Because the Holy Land is a special place for biblical learning and for transformation in faith, there is immense value in travelling there as part of a pilgrimage or educational tour. Sow the seed for this journey in the minds and imaginations of your students.
It may be a seed that sprouts many years from now – but what a gift to their lives! Perhaps you will make that journey yourself. A number of Broken Bay teachers have undertaken such a journey, with life-changing experiences that continue to impact their teaching careers.