From May 3-21, TWU will launch an innovative travel study program that offers students the opportunity to earn university credits while experiencing the sights and sounds of biblically significant locales.
Students can choose up to two courses of the four facilitated by Professors Kent Clarke, Ph.D. and Ivan De Silva, M.Div., M.Th.: Introduction to Old Testament Studies, Introduction to New Testament Studies, Biblical Archaeology, and the Life and Teaching of Jesus. “Studying the story of the Bible in the land in which it is set, moves biblical studies from a two-dimensional experience to a three dimensional one,” says De Silva. “Students no longer just read about the events; they see, hear, smell and touch them as well.”
Every location is connected with a discipline, and the course curriculum will be taught at various locations around Israel, including a trip to Bethlehem and lecture at Bethlehem Bible College, and tours of the Valley of Elah and Caesarea Maritima. “The professors will be teaching in a land where the land is the classroom,” says TWU’s Lucy Gerbrandt, who is organizing as well as participating in the trip. “It’s our first travel study trip to Israel, and our content experts will teach our students.
Other locations include the Golan Heights, the Mount of Beatitudes, St. Catherine's Monastery, Herod’s fortress, and Masada, where the last Jewish Zealot resistance was crushed. Students will also tour Ein Gedi, an oasis on the edge of the Judean desert, and the city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site carved out of the rock. The trip ends in Jerusalem where the Temple, Mount of Olives, Old City, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Garden Tomb are located.
“Educators tell us that the more senses we can engage in studying a topic, the deeper we will understand it,” De Silva says. “This is what we've designed the trip to be: a fully tactile experience that will deeply impact the students and etch the story of the Bible in their memories.”
Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is a provincially chartered, independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university, enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include nursing, counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.
Last Updated: 2010-05-01