For nearly 25 years, The Society for Biblical Studies (SBS) has been the leader in authentic Christian pilgrimage and contextual mission study, pioneering customized journeys that combine biblical investigation and engagement in contemporary settings; and placing more volunteers in service than any other biblical travel study organization.
Under the direction of Founder & Executive Director, Rev. Peter J. Miano, SBS guides socially responsible travel to the Holy Lands of Israel and Palestine, as well as neighboring and historically relevant Jordan for pilgrimage, biblical learning, renewal and spiritual growth. Additionally, pilgrimages to Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Morocco, the United Kingdom and Brazil provide opportunities for in-depth exploration and study.
Each SBS tour is a unique – experience, journey, mission – aimed at improving each individual traveler’s understanding of the Bible and its application in the world. With a deep knowledge of biblically significant countries and regions, and a dedicated and experienced faculty of biblical scholars, SBS aims to deliver impactful, life-changing experiences for all who journey with us.
Educated in missiology and biblical studies and experienced as a missionary and teacher in the Holy Land, the Rev. Miano pioneered the unique blend of mission experience and biblical study that we offer our participants. He earned advanced degrees in New Testament and Missiology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City (M.Div), Harvard Divinity School (Th.M.) and Boston University School of Theology (S.T.M.).
Rev. Miano teaches courses in New Testament studies, biblical archaeology, biblical geography and biblical history. He also teaches courses in missiology. He specializes in the history of the Middle East, its contemporary development and the role of the Church in the Middle East during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
He is the author of “The Word of God and the World of the Bible: An Introduction to the Cultural Backgrounds of the New Testament” (London: Melisende, 2001). He is an editor of and contributor to “Prophetic Voices on Middle East Peace” (Claremont, CA: Claremont School of Theology Press, 2016).