Welcome to Emmaus

Serving Colleges, Universities, Churches and Lay Ministries
Providing Educational Tours in a Biblical Context
Instructors: Dr. Steven Notley, Dr. Wink Thompson and Dr. David Emanuel

Emmaus Educational Services is an initiative intended to assist students, clergy and laity to engage and understand the geographical, historical, cultural and religious context of the biblical world. Whether touring the sites of Israel, Turkey or Greece, on-site study of a biblical account enhances the richness of God's Word and reveals His redemptive history. A primary objectives at Emmaus is to introduce you to the land, the languages, and the literature of the Old and New Testaments in order to illuminate the meaning of the biblical text. 

Why the name Emmaus? In Luke 24 we read the account of two followers of Jesus traveling from Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus about seven miles to the west. It was Resurrection Sunday and these disciples were discussing the recent events of the past week and the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus. As they were walking the resurrected Jesus drew near to them and joined their journey to Emmaus. As they walked Jesus explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. While at dinner in the village the two men recognized that their traveling companion was Jesus himself. When they recognized him Jesus disappeared from their sight and they commented to each other “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” 

On the road to Emmaus two followers of Jesus learned more about who Jesus was and how his life, ministry, death and resurrection was foretold in the Scriptures. It is the desire of Emmaus that each participant might experience a similar burning in their heart as we also walk within the biblical landscape discussing the life and ministry of Jesus, and reflecting upon the prophets, priests and kings who shared the hope of his arrival. 

Although ravaged by the passing of time and the destructive forces of winter flooding in the hills west of Jerusalem, a small portion of the “Road to Emmaus” is still visible today. It is a reminder that the gospel message and ministry of Jesus is to be shared while we travel along similar paths once walked by Jesus and his disciples.