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Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    3 credits
  • Location

    Israel
  • Dates

    May 12–June 2, 2019
  • Cross-Listed Courses

    TTBE 722 Dir Res: Physical and Historical Geography of Israel

    TTNT 791 NT Seminar: Physical and Historical Geography of Israel

    TTOT 791 OT Seminar: Physical & Historical Geography of Israel

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    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?

    This study tour offers students the opportunity to experience the Holy Land as a part of their graduate studies at Talbot School of Theology. The Talbot Bible Lands program offers a learning experience that fosters personal and academic transformation and enhances Bible study skills through background (historical/cultural/geographical/archaeological) studies. The learning experience is also cross-cultural as students are embedded in contrasting worlds: ancient vs. modern, Palestinian vs. Israeli and English vs. Hebrew and Arabic.

    The Israel-Bible EXtension program, "IBEX", is The Master's College (TMC) extension program in Israel. The IBEX short term program provides a quality educational opportunity for students who wish to enhance their geographical, historical, archaeological and cultural understanding of the land of Israel, both ancient and modern. Classroom lectures are integrated with frequent field trips; together, these expose students to every corner of the land and to every period of the history of the people of that land. The student's educational experience, as well as his or her personal maturation, is significantly enhanced by the cross-cultural experience.

    The greatest benefit of studying in IBEX is the central location of the campus in the Holy Land. To take every advantage of this asset, IBEX students participate in many scheduled field trips. Studying a site in the classroom and then seeing it on the field proves to be an invaluable way to learn about the context of the Bible. Students do not just learn by reading and listening to lectures, but by actually experiencing the land and culture of the Bible. It is this atmosphere that makes the Bible come alive. While these trips give students a chance to grow academically, they also create shared experiences that forever impact lives.

    The IBEX faculty in Israel is comprised of evangelical Christians, and the entire student experience is filtered through and framed by the Talbot Faculty Administrator (Dr. Ken Way). The faculty administrator will intentionally integrate the Christ-centered disciplines of prayer, Bible study and communal living into the daily routines of the students. During the evenings in Israel, the faculty administrator will also have occasions to “check in” with the students corporately and provide important counsel and direction to help them process their experiences both spiritually and academically.

    For more information contact:    Dr. Kenneth Way; Analicia Davis