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In the Footsteps of Jesus: An Immersive Biblical Course and Experience in the Holy Land

The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry will be offering a Bible course held in conjunction with École Biblique et Archéologique Française (EBAF) in Jerusalem in June 2018. Students will spend three weeks studying and exploring Jesus Christ’s life as narrated in the Gospels and foreshadowed in the Old Testament messianic prophecies. The classroom meetings are interwoven with visits in Jerusalem and field trips throughout the Holy Land, creating a fully immersive learning experience. During these visits and trips, special emphasis will be placed on the interrelation between the Bible and history and topography of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

Pre-trip workshops and post-trip presentations will be part of the class requirements.

Two to three workshops will be held in the spring semester to lay a contextual foundation to current day Israel/Palestine. Upon return, students will share the experience with their respective home school communities.

In Israel/Palestine, the course will be taught by a team of experienced and dedicated instructors:

  • Fr. Eugen J. Pentiuc, Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, alumnus of EBAF

  • Fr. Gregory Tatum, O.P., Extraordinary Professor of New Testament, EBAF

  • Fr. Lukasz Popko, O.P., Lecturer in Prophetic Literature, in charge of trips throughout the Holy Land, EBAF

Students will experience deep contextual learning of the Scriptures so that they will better understand shared traditions/common texts.

“In the Footsteps of Jesus” aims to achieve the following Student Learning Outcomes:

  • To integrate the reading of the biblical texts with the dynamics of the land

  • To acquire familiarity with key biblical sites from both the Old Testament and the New Testament

  • To explore the roots of the Christian and Jewish faith traditions in the Holy Land

  • To engage with the local Christian communities

The course is open to current students of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theology School, Hebrew College and Boston University School of Theology. Students interested in the class need to provide a completed application and letter of recommendation from a faculty member no later than November 17, 2017.

Funded in part by a generous grant from the Lilly Foundation through the Association of Theological Schools.