Blair Van Dyke

Blair G. Van Dyke is a full-time instructor at the Orem Institute of Religion adjacent to Utah Valley University. He earned his BA in English literature from BYU in 1989. At that time he was hired to teach in the Church Educational System (CES) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Van Dyke took a Masters of Education degree in 1992, and a Doctor of Educational Philosophy in 1997, both from BYU. His dissertation, "Education in an Autonomous Palestine: Palestinian Perspectives," explores the emergence of an independent Palestinian educational system after centuries of colonialism.

He established the "Literature, Arts, and Letters for Global Understanding" campaign, an ongoing community and educational engagement initiative between educators and students in the United States and the West Bank. Van Dyke is the coauthor of Holy Lands: A History of the Latter-day Saints in the Near East. He has also written a number of articles on biblical culture, history, and texts, including "In the Footsteps of Orson Hyde: Subsequent Dedications of the Holy Land" (BYU Studies). Van Dyke met his wife in Jerusalem and was invited to teach at the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies (2001-2002). He travels annually to the Near East to conduct research and guide travel study tours of the region.

Blair Van Dyke's Current Tours:


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2022 American Heritage & Early LDS Church History Tour with Tim Taggart from 2,079
2022 American Heritage & Early LDS Church History Tour with Tim Taggart

DestinationWashington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; New York City, NY Boston, MA; Sharon, VT; Palmyra, NY; Niagara Falls, NY;

Category:  LDS Church History Tours

Duration11 days 10 nights

2022 Autumn in New England Tour with Kay Godfrey from 1,699
2022 Autumn in New England Tour with Kay Godfrey

DestinationBoston, MA; Boothbay Harbor, Maine West Lebanon, NH; Sharon, VT; Binghamton, NY Fayette: Palmyra, NY; Kirtland, OH;

Category:  LDS Church History Tours

Duration9 days 8 nights

2022 Best of Israel Holy Land Tour with Scot and Maurine Proctor from 2,988
2022 Best of Israel Holy Land Tour with  Scot and Maurine Proctor

DestinationTel Aviv; Nazareth; Galilee; Masada; Jerusalem;

Category:  Holy Lands

Duration12 days 11 nights

2022 Bringing the Bible to Life Jordan and Israel Tour with Tim Taggart from N/A
2022 Bringing the Bible to Life Jordan and Israel Tour with Tim Taggart

DestinationAmman, Jordan; Petra, Jordan; Tel Aviv; Caesarea; Sea of Galilee; Mt. Tabor; Masada;

Category:  Holy Lands

Duration16 days 15 nights

2022 Egypt Discovery Tour including Nile Cruise with Tim Taggart from 2,449
2022 Egypt Discovery Tour including Nile Cruise with Tim Taggart

DestinationCairo; Nile River;

Category:  Holy Lands

Duration8 days 7 nights

2022 Fall Conference Church History tour with Tim Taggart from 2,179
2022 Fall Conference Church History tour with Tim Taggart

DestinationPalmyra, NY; Fayette: Susquehanna River; Niagara Falls, NY; Kirtland, OH; Independence, MO: Adam-ondi-Ahman Nauvoo, IL; Carthage, IL;

Category:  LDS Church History Tours

Duration10 days 9 nights

2022 Fall Foliage Canada and New England with Doug Wright from 699
2022 Fall Foliage Canada and New England with Doug Wright

DestinationBoston, MA; Portland, Maine; Day at Sea - Atlantic Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Bar Harbor, Maine;

Category:  Cruises

Duration8 days 7 nights

2022 Fall Holy Land Scripture Discovery Tour with Joel Judd from 3,598
2022 Fall Holy Land Scripture Discovery Tour with Joel Judd

DestinationTel Aviv; Haifa; Sea of Galilee; Galilee; Jericho; Jerusalem; Nebi Samwil Bethlehem;

Category:  Holy Lands

Duration14 days 13 nights

2022 Holy Land Tour with Ron Bartholomew from 2,790
2022 Holy Land Tour with Ron Bartholomew

DestinationTel Aviv; Caesarea; Capernaum; Galilee; Mt. Tabor; Masada; Jerusalem; Bethlehem;

Category:  Holy Lands

Duration12 days 11 nights

2022 Magic of Ireland Tour with Mark Faldmo from 2,479
2022 Magic of Ireland Tour with Mark Faldmo

DestinationDublin, Ireland Killarney, Ireland Cliffs of Moher, Ireland Galway, Ireland

Category:  Europe

Duration8 days 7 nights