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BIBST 5/393: HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL SETTINGS
| General Information

Orienting the land to maps.  Click to enlarge.

Second century cistern.  Click to enlarge. Taking a break at the Spring of Sataf.  Click to enlarge.
 

All for-credit short-term programs offered by Jerusalem University College are intensive, academically-oriented studies of the land of the Bible. Unlike traditional tours of the Holy Land, our programs help students discover ways that Biblical events can be placed in their proper geographical, historical and cultural context. Our unique approach to understanding the relationship between the Bible and its world, developed over the last five decades through a personal interaction with the land, serves graduate students, seminarians, undergraduate students, ministers and individuals.

Most of the coursework for our short-term programs is done on-site, in the field. Orthodox Jew at the Western Wall.  Click to enlarge.Prior map work and classroom discussions provide the necessary context for field-work. Because many of the day-long and overnight field trips include sustained hiking over sometimes very rugged terrain, participants must be in excellent physical condition.

All of our for-credit programs require that each student successfully complete map work, examinations and written reflections on regions visited. Course instructors are far more than "licensed tour guides." They are academically qualified members of the faculty of Jerusalem University College or its associated schools, with specialties in the geography, history and archaeology of the lands of the Bible.


| BIBST 5/393: Historical and Geographical Settings
  (4 semester hours)

Students enjoy a break in cafe overlooking the Dome.This intensive three-week course will introduce you to the geography, history, and archaeology of Israel. You will begin to feel at home on the playing field of biblical history after traveling throughout the land of the Bible.  This is the program that literally thousands of students have experienced as a part of their Christian college or seminary training.

Exploring a well at Kursi.  Click to enlarge.Assignments using materials furnished by the university college should be completed prior to arrival in Israel. This work provides the necessary biblical background and regional introduction for study in Israel.  At the Jerusalem campus, students attend preparatory lectures designed to integrate assignments with field study.  Daily regional field studies, including an optional regional study in Jordan after the regular program, involve field trips of one to three days. These constitute the main body of the program.

Studies and walks in Jerusalem emphasize important aspects of the city in biblical and modern times and reconstruct the features of the city and its environs during the times of David, Solomon, Hezekiah, the Maccabees and Jesus.  Time spent in the Galilee region helps students understand the geography as well as the culture during the time of Christ and other periods of biblical history.

Currently offered three times each year in January, May and June.  See Related information for specific dates.

 
A misty morning boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Contemplating Ruth in the grain fields of Moab.  Click to enlarge. A wonderful sunset on the Sea of Galilee.  Click to enlarge. Mapwork at one of the cities of the Decapolis.  Click to enlarge.
 
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» Sample Itinerary:  Historical and Geographical Settings: Adobe format
» Jordan Extension:  Add the 2.5 day extension into Jordan.
» Entrance Requirements:  For all short-term programs.
» The Faculty:  Recent Faculty and their qualifications.
» Program Dates:  Current Short-Term program Dates
» Fee Schedule:  Current academic year's short-term program fees.
» Application Forms:  Individuals and groups on short-term programs.
 


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