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Biblical Studies & Archaeology

Each of our Holy Land journeys is an overview of the Bible. Each includes a survey of the historical, geographical and archaeological contexts that shaped the biblical faith and biblical texts. The words of the Bible are illuminated by the world of the Bible. If you want to understand the meaning of the Bible, you first have to understand the contexts that influenced the writers and the writing of the texts that came to be called Scripture.

Our faculty are clergy and scholars. Each one is skilled at bringing the best and most current results of biblical scholarship to the people of the church. Our faculty are accomplished scholars in their own right, but they never get lost in academic minutiae. We keep things relevant, rather than obscure. We let the lands through which we travel ask questions of us. We use the sights, sounds and experiences throughout the journey as object lessons. Experiential learning and contextual study is our approach to studying, teaching and learning about the Bible. This is what differentiates our methods from the dry, obscure and purely intellectual approach that often characterizes Bible teaching in an academic classroom. When you travel with us, you will be part of a traveling school. Our classroom is the land itself and the people who live there. Our teaching method is not so much lecturing, although there can be as much of that as you would like. Our method also involves inquiring.

Study themes throughout our tours to the Holy Land and the rest of our destinations include the search for the historical Jesus, the search for the historical Paul, the impact of geography on the Bible, Christian origins, and Hellenism and its influence on the Bible. Participants have the option for hands-on experience at an active dig at one of many sites in Israel and Palestine.

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