Program at a Glance
Program Credits3 credits
DatesMay 9–29, 2018
BBST 300/400 elective (3)
BBST 109, BBST 110
Study Tours are Biola courses that are taught while the enrolled students travel with the faculty to a remote location relevant to the course content.
What Will I Study?
The course will be instructed through Jerusalem University College (JUC) but will receive Biola academic credit. This program is an intensive three-week academic study integrated with field studies designed to introduce the student to the geography, history and archaeology of Israel. Regional studies with overnight field studies, on-site lectures, preparatory lectures at the campus and required map work prior to arrival all help the student to apply the geographical context of the land to biblical studies.
The main emphasis of this class is geography and its influence upon the history that we read in the biblical text. Because most of the historical events described in the Bible are found in the Old Testament, there is an Old Testament thrust to the class. However, much New Testament material is included, particularly in Jerusalem and Galilee and along the Dead Sea. Regions visited in the field studies include Benjamin, Judah, the Shephelah, Philistia, Ephraim and Samaria, the Sharon Plain, the Jezreel Valley, Galilee, the Sea of Galilee, Bashan (the “Golan Heights”), the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, the Negev (both biblical and greater) and, for students opting to go to Jordan, trips also include the regions of Gilead, the Madaba Plateau, Moab and Edom. The order of these field studies (and their examinations) is listed on the calendar.
As you study and travel this land, you will gain a library of impressions that will help you lay a foundation for a more thorough understanding of God’s word in its geographical and historical context. After taking three weeks to “pack” this material into your learning experience, you will spend a lifetime “unpacking” as you continue your biblical studies and Bible reading.
For more information contact: Dr. Charlie Trimm; Cristina Malais