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The Second International Conference on the Bible and Its African Roots

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
November 4 - 9, 2013
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Conference Program Includes:

  • Round trip air transportation from Washington D.C, Dulles International Airport on Ethiopian Airlines
  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival
  • Transfers via private motorcoach including transfer of luggage
  • 3 nights accommodations, based on 2 people sharing a room
  • Full breakfast daily plus 3 dinners
  • 2 days on site field trips
  • Pre & post tours listed (optional)
Conference Registration Fee

A Conference Registration Fee to cover the cost of development and duplication of materials $145

Pre & Post Conference Tours

We highly recommend extending your stay and explore the wonders of Ethiopia, its exciting history, its land and its people.

Why Attend The Second International Conference of the Bible and Its African Roots?

One should attend the conference for the following reasons:

  • 1. The role of the African people has been hidden and ignored for hundreds ofyears, and the conference will be an opportunity for new doors of knowledge to open and new areas of research scholarship to be explored.
  • 2. The Conference will give comprehensive new insights into the role of Hametic people of the Bible and their special contributions.
  • 3. Each Conference participant will have a high impact appreciation of the book of Enoch which incorporates what many believe to be the movingof the Ark of the Covenant to Ethiopia
  • 4. Each Participant will be enriched with facts, literature and knowledge answering questions to many mysteries in Bible scholarship
  • 5. Each Conference Participant will leave Ethiopia with an enhanced knowledge of the Old and New Testament scriptures which relate to the Hametic (Black) people of the Bible.
  • 6. To be in the country where Biblical stories originated.

Who Should Attend?

  • Bible Scholars and Students of African History
  • Bible Students
  • Writers of Black Biblical History and Events
  • Publishers of Biblical Literature
  • Students of Theology
  • Educators
  • Christian Education Leaders
  • Historians and Teachers of History
  • Pastors
  • College and University Professors and Instructional Staff

Possible College Credit for the Conference

Another incentive might be to award college credit for attending the Conference. According to accreditation standards, particularly in New York, each 15 clock hours of instruction is equivalent to one (1) college credit. At time of printing several institutions are preparing a possible for credit course of study in conjunction with this conference.

Meet the Organizing Committee :

Dr. Ephraim Isaac, Ph.D., DHL, LIT

  • Director of Institute of Semetic Studies, Princeton, NJ
  • A scholar of Ethiopia & Afroasiatic languages & religions
  • A founder & frst Professor of African & Afro American Studies at Harvard University
  • Author

Pastor Joy Clarke

  • Pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Springfeld Gardens
  • Artist, Musician & Teacher

Bishop R.W. Harris

  • Pastor of Grace Cathedral Nassau County, NY
  • Chaplain, Nassau County Police Department
  • >Lecturer at Chruch of Christ Bible Institute

Professor Anthony T. Browder

  • Director of IKG Cultural Resources
  • Director of ASA Restoration Project
  • Author

Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams

  • Professor Women & Gender Studies
  • Director, Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center NJCU
  • Minister, Bethany Baptist Church

Mrs. Sharon Fleming

  • Conference Secretariat

Itinerary

Extensions

Day 1: November 4 - Monday

Depart from Washington D.C., Dulles International Airport on board Ethiopian Airlines. Enjoy lunch, and dinner on board.

Day 2 November 5 - Tuesday

Arrive in Addis Ababa in the morning. We will be met by our representative. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Addis Ababa with a stop at St. George's Cathedral and Museum. Stop at Liturgical garment shop. Based on recent reports the Ethiopian population is 85 million: 50% Orthodox Christians, 20% Protestants and Catholics, 30% Muslims, & Others. Because of its indigenous character and legacy of the Abyssinian Empire, Ethiopia and its capital have long been a source of pride for the Pan-African movement. Today the city is home to 3.5 million people, the secretariat of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, as well as many UN organizations and NGOs. The city has a wonderful appeal as it has several parks, museums, with a mix of older buildings such as the railroad station and many contemporary buildings surrounded by mountains.
Evening: Registration and a light dinner.

Day 3: November 6 - Wednesday

AM -Breakfast and prayers with local brothers and sisters.
Introduction of the Organizing Committee and Sessions
1. African Biblical Roots of the Old Testament
2. African Biblical Roots of the New Testament
3. Ethiopia in the Old & New Testament, History and Prophecy
Lunch on your own
PM- Field trip.
Visit Mount Entoto for a panoramic view of Addis Ababa. Then continue to the National Museum to view some of the most exciting African art and historical artifacts. Visit Adis Alem Church with 3 typical Ethiopian ceremonies.
Evening: Informal reception and meeting with local Ethiopian clergy of the various denominations.

Day 4: November 7 - Thursday

M -Breakfast
Sessions:
1. Basic Scriptural Focus on the Hametic Biblical Ancestries
2. Historical and Cultural focus on the Hametic Ancestries of specific Biblical personalities
3. African Hametic Roots in the Ancestry of Jesus Christ Lunch on your own PM - Sessions:
4. Geological Influences on the Racial Appearance of Bible Groups & Individuals
5. The Blue and the White Nile Influence on Ethiopia and Egypt
6. The Egyptian Origins of Christianity Before the Time of Christ
7. The History of the Ethiopian Jews from 900 BC to present
Dinner with Ethiopian entertainment.

Day 5: November 8 - Friday

AM- Breakfast
Field Trip.
Our first stop will be at the Ethnographic Museum within the Addis Ababa University. After the museum, visit the campus, and the classrooms, then meet with some of the faculty. Visit the Mercato for an Ethiopian experience.
Lunch on your own.
PM - Sessions:
1. The Ethiopian Church Yesterday and Today
2. The Impact of Biblical African Roots on the Church Today
3. Ways and Means of Educating the World About African Roots in the Bible
Closing ceremony includes a light dinner before transfer to the airport for flight home.
Those taking the Egypt extension will overnight in Addis Ababa

Day 6: November 9- Saturday

Addis Ababa/Home We arrive in the USA in the morning in time to make our homebound connections. Ethiopia will be with us forever!

Pre and Post Conference Tours

Pre Conference Tour: Oct. 30 - Nov 5, 2013
Ethiopia of the Old and New Testament: $1,298
Single room supplement additonal $300

  • Day 1: Oct. 30 - USA/Addis Ababa Depart from Washington DC, Dulles International Airport on board Ethiopian Airlines. Enjoy lunch and dinner on board.
  • Day 2: Oct. 31 - Addis Ababa/Bahir Dar Arrive in Addis Ababa in the morning. Connect to our flight to Bahir Dar. Time to rest and enjoy dinner and overnight in this historical place. (B, D)
  • Day 3: Nov. 1 - Bahir Dar Bahir Dar, a pleasant city located on the shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia. There are 37 islands on Lake Tana and 30 of them have churches and monasteries of considerable historical and cultural interest. Upon arrival in Bahir Dar, check in to hotel. Then enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Tana to visit the 13th century Monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret, the most famous of the Zege peninsula monasteries with a very beautiful painted maqdas. Later in the day, embark on a city tour of Bahir Dar, visiting the market, the palace of Emperor Haile Selassie (view point only—as it is not permitted to enter) and the deacon school at Trinity. Dinner and overnight in Bahir Dar. (B, D)
  • Day 4: Nov. 2 - Bahir Dar/Gondar This morning we drive through the scenic countryside In the morning we drive north to Gondar. Upon arrival, check into hotel. Gondar was the first capital of the Ethiopian Empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of Fasilidas. Gondar is referred to as the Camelot of Africa. In Gondar, there are a dozen castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. Visit the royal enclosure containing six castles, a complex network of connecting tunnels, raised walkways and several smaller buildings. Take a tour of the bathing palace of King Fasilidas. Later, proceed to the fascinating Debre Birhan Selassie Church with its walls and ceilings decorated with scenes of Biblical lore and medieval history. (B, D)
  • Day 5: Nov. 3 - Gondar/Lalibela Fly to Lalibela, described as the eighth wonder of the world, for a day of touring what is considered to be one of the holiest cities in Ethiopia. Lalibela, with its beautiful rock hewn churches, is on the UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites. Start our exploration with the twelve majestic rock-hewn churches. Begin with the breathtaking Bette Giorgis church, carved in the shape of a cross and set apart from the other church groupings. Other churches include Bete Medhane Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Maskal, Bete Danaghel, Bete Golgotha and Bete Mikael. Dinner and overnight in Lalibela. (B, D)
  • Day 6: Nov. 4 - Lalibella/Axum We will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Axum. Once the center of a great empire, and the seat of learning for the ancient Ge'ez language and literature, Axum is the primary historical site in the North of Ethiopia. Take the city tour of Axum that includes: the Stelae Park, St. Mary's Church, the Sanctuary Chapel which is the repository of the ‘Ark of the Covenant,' the Coronation Yard, Queen of Sheba's palace ruins, Axum Museum to view its impressive array of regional crafts—some dating back more than 2,000 years, and the quarry where the stelaes used to be made. Today we will attend a service with our local brothers and sisters. (B, D)
  • Day 7: Nov. 5 - Axum/Addis Ababa After your morning flight to Addis Ababa, visit the National Museum whose most important exhibit is a replica of the skull of Lucy, a woman who had lived in Eastern Ethiopia about 3.5 million years ago. Visit the “Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum” dedicated to the victims of the “Red Terror” during the Marxist military rule in the 1970's. Transfer to the Addis hotel to join the people arriving for the conference to register.(B, D)

Pre Conference Tour: Nov. 1 - 5, 2013
The Ark of the Covenant and Lalibela: $998
Single room supplement additonal $200

  • Day 1: Nov. 1 - USA/Addis Ababa Depart from Washington DC, Dulles International Airport on board Ethiopian Airlines. Enjoy lunch and dinner on board.
  • Day 2: Nov. 2 - Addis Ababa/Lalibella Arrive in Addis Ababa in the morning. Connect to our flight to Lalibella. Time to rest and enjoy dinner and overnight in this historical place. (B, D)
  • Day 3: Nov. 3 - Lalibela Lalibela, described as the eighth wonder of the world, for two days of touring what is considered to be one of the holiest cities in Ethiopia. With its beautiful rock hewn churches, is on the UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites. Start our exploration with the twelve majestic rock-hewn churches. Begin with the breathtaking Bette Giorgis church, carved in the shape of a cross and set apart from the other church groupings. Other churches include Bete Medhane Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Maskal, Bete Danaghel, Bete Golgotha and Bete Mikael. Dinner and overnight in Lalibela. (B, D)
  • Day 4: Nov. 4 - Lalibela/Axum We will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Axum. Once the center of a great empire, and the seat of learning for the ancient Ge'ez language and literature, Axum is the primary historical site in the North of Ethiopia. Take the city tour of Axum that includes: the Stelae Park, St. Mary's Church, the Sanctuary Chapel which is the repository of the ‘Ark of the Covenant,' the Coronation Yard, Queen of Sheba's palace ruins, Axum Museum to view its impressive array of regional crafts—some dating back more than 2,000 years, and the quarry where the stelaes used to be made. Today we will attend a service with our local brothers and sisters. (B, D)
  • Day 5: Nov. 5 - Axum/Addis Ababa After breakfast we explore the Archeological Museum with its impressive array of regional artifacts dating back more than 2,000 years. We have an overview of this ancient city, once the center of the Axumite Kingdom which was at its zenith in the centuries just after the birth of Jesus Christ. Christianity traces its roots to 327 AD in this location. Transfer to the airport for our flight to Addis to join the people arriving for the conference to register. (B, D)

Post Confernce tour: Nov. 9 - 15, 2013
Egypt Golden Era: $1,798
Single room supplement additonal $350

Those taking the Egypt extension will overnight in Addis Ababa on Nov. 8th.

  • Day 1: Nov. 9 - Addis Ababa/Cairo Board our flight to Cairo. Welcome to Cairo, transfer to the hotels for our stay for three nights. (B, D)
  • Day 2: Nov. 10 - Cairo/Egyptian Museum After breakfast we start our tour for the visit to the Egyptian Museum to see the largest artifact collection from pharaonic times, including the unparalleled treasures of the tomb of Tutankhamun - the “Boy King.” Your Egyptologist shows you the gold mask, toys, jewelry and throne, all found in the pharaoh's tomb across the Nile from Luxor. Lunch is out on the town. Then visit the Old City of Cairo, including the Mohammed Ali Mosque in the Citadel. Enjoy a walk through the bazaar of Khan el Khalili, where stalls and shops overflow with jewelry, copper, brass, carpets and spices. Finish your day with a special reception and a presentation by an Egyptian archaeologist. (B, D)
  • Day 3: Nov. 11 - Giza Pyramids/Sphinx/Saqqara Experience one of the oldest forms of transportation - a camelback ride - to the base of the Giza Pyramids. Examine Cheop's Great Pyramid, which is 4,500 years old and covers acres at its base. The famous Giza plateau also includes Chephren and Mycerinus Pyramids and the Sphinx, protector of the pharaohs. A visit is included to the fascinating Solar Boat Museum, meant to transport the pharaoh to the afterlife. Next you tour Memphis, once the capital of ancient Egypt, and the necropolis at Saqqara to see Djoser's Step Pyramid, the oldest freestanding stone structure in the world. (B, D)
  • Day 4: Nov. 12 - Cairo/Luxor We transfer to the airport for our flight to the upper Nile Valley to Luxor, known as Thebes in pharaonic times. Visit the Karnak Temple complex, built by generations of pharaohs and covering 60 acres, then follow the partially buried two-mile Avenue of the Ram-headed Sphinxes to Luxor Temple, which was well-preserved by its cover of desert sand until its discovery in 9th century. Attend the Sound and Light Show this evening back at the Karnak Temple. (B, D)
  • Day 5: Nov. 13 - Luxor/Valleys of the Kings and Queens We start our day by crossing to the west shore of the Nile to the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, the famed necropolis where tombs of 64 pharaohs have been found, including that of Tutankhamun, whose treasures were miraculously intact after 3,000 years. You visit the tomb, not normally seen by tourists. See the unique colonnaded temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon before returning to our hotel. (B, D)
  • Day 6: Nov. 14 - Luxor/Cairo/Addis/ Washington DC It's time to return home with your life-long memories and treasures from the land of the pharaohs. Transfer to the airport for our flight to Cairo and connecting to Addis Abbas for our late flight to Washington DC. (B)
  • Day 7: Nov. 15 - USA We arrive home in the morning.

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