Seminar Dates: May 21–June 11, 2017
Application Deadline: December 2, 2016
Contact: Professor Elaine Phillips
Gordon College, through the Jerusalem University College (JUC) and University of the Holy Land (UHL), offers a unique summer experience in the history and geography of the Bible. At JUC, students experience an intensive three-week on-site four credit course that introduces the geography, history and archeology of Israel. Through UHL, students may participate in an additional two-week (two credit) program that focuses on the land of Jordan. Both courses involve study of the physical features of the lands of the Bible, stressing geographical factors affecting settlement and communication in various regions. Relevant archaeological, historical and biblical material is correlated with sites, roads and features in each region.
ISRAEL: The JUC campus is only a brief walk from the Old City of Jerusalem, the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and countless other significant locations. On campus, students will attend preparatory lectures designed to integrate assignments with field study. Regional studies are 1–4 day field trips and constitute the main body of the program. Special studies and walks in Jerusalem emphasize important aspects of the city in biblical and modern times.
Regions studied include:
JORDAN: The Jordan program is centered in Amman with field studies in both the northern and southern parts of the country. Petra, along with an experience with the Bedouin, is the highlight of the southern excursion. A minimum of 10 students is necessary in order for this program to be offered.
SECURITY: JUC has been operating for over 50 years and knows when to avoid certain areas and circumstances. Your time is highly structured to provide protection at all times. Travel about the country is on busses operated by a private tour company. You will never use public transportation. However, travel to Israel always poses some enhanced danger. In case of emergency, officials for both Gordon College and JUC will have operational contingency plans for evacuation of students.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Students are housed in a small and gracious hotel just inside the Old City. While on field trips, accommodations are in small two-star hotels or kibbutzim. Travel about the country is on air-conditioned buses.
May–June: Participants will take an intensive three-week international seminar through JUC on the geography, history, and archeology of Israel, BCM291: Geographical and Historical Settings of the Bible.
June: Participants who wish to will participate in the additional two-week course BCM291A: Historical Geography of Jordan that focuses on the land of Jordan as well as BCM291: Israel International Seminar in Geographical and Historical Settings of the Bible above.
Assignments based on materials furnished by JUC will be completed prior to arrival in Israel. This work provides the necessary biblical background and regional introduction to study in Israel. Students will spend 15-20 hours on this work.
The Pre-Israel Assignments will be supplemented by two preparatory sessions on Gordon's campus at times to be scheduled during the final two weeks of the spring semester. These are separate sessions from the scheduled lectures for the Global Understanding course.
The content of lectures and field study in Israel will serve as the basis for five brief examinations and student journaling.
Required Pre-Departure Classes:
Monday, December 7, 2015: First meeting of all accepted/interested students. Bring passports.
Friday, December 11, 2015: Deadline for Group Application to JUC
Thursday, January 28, 2016: Group meeting to hand out materials; schedule map-marking sessions; schedule lectures. Time TBD.
February–April, 2016: Map preparation and study sessions.
Weeks of April 25 and May 2—Two on-campus lectures (specific dates and times will be set at the January 28 meeting). (Attendance is required.)
The total cost is approximately $4,900 for the Israel Seminar or $7,450 with the Jordan Extension. This includes:
*NOTE: Costs may be affected by a major change in bulk airfare rates to Israel.
Students from a variety of majors are invited to apply to this first-hand exploration of the Holy Land. By DECEMBER 4, 2015, students must:
Upon acceptance to the program an additional $200 (for a total non-refundable program deposit of $450) will be due to confirm participation.
Please note that by November 13 the following are due directly to Prof. Phillips:
Contact GEO for further details.
Registration for international seminars will be handled by the GEO upon receipt of the deposit.
GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING CORE CREDIT
Students wishing to fulfill Global Understanding core through participation in the Israel Seminar must:
Please respond to emails from the GEO about registration for COR210 and 211. Both COR210 and 211 are one-day Saturday classes.
For further information please contact the Global Education Office:
Dr. Elaine Phillips,
Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology
In addition, course materials will be provided. Students are strongly encouraged to see their financial aid counselor regarding arrangements for financial payment no later than March 1.
See the JUC homepage for further details
This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus seminar program. Off-campus programs administered through Gordon are not entitlement programs. Gordon College reserves the right to admit students based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation. For this reason, the essay portion of this application is especially important. We ask for you thoughtful consideration of those questions.
Please fill out the application form below with your information. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-867-4399 if you have any questions.
Please check your seminar's homepage for the application deadline. A non-refundable $30 deposit must be submitted to the Global Education Office by that deadline.