Want to understand the Bible better and make it become 3-D at the same time? Then join Biblical and Religious Studies Professor Brian Schultz, who has spent more than a decade living and studying in Israel, on a discovery tour that focuses on highlighting how an understanding of the Holy Land’s geography is vital for catching nuances that are assumed but often not explicit in the biblical text.

  • See the battleground of David and Goliath.
  •  See OT remains of Jerusalem, such as the wall Hezekiah built.
  • Walk in the town of Capernaum where Jesus and Peter lived.
  • See an actual biblical “high place” as preserved at the site of Dan.
  • Stand where the Tabernacle once stood.
  • Hear the Sermon on the Mount as you overlook the Sea of Galilee. 
  • Visit the discovery site of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Dates: May 15 - June 5, 2016 (Three weeks)

Cost: $3,100 + airfare

Current airfare is running about $1,400. At such rates, the trip would cost about $4,500

This price is all inclusive except for transport to and from the departure airport, passport cost, and any food purchases on the trip to and from Israel.

TUG scholarship:

Up to twelve $500-$800 scholarships will be awarded, primarily on a first-come first-served basis, to students enrolled in the traditional undergraduate program on the main campus. (Degree completion, graduate and seminary students do not qualify for these scholarships.)

Jordan option:

As an option, one can add a 2 1/2 day trip at the end of the program to see the highlights of Jordan, including the famous "city in the rock" of Petra. This add-on costs an extra $930, and entails a return date that is two days later than the regular program.

Course credit:

Up to 8 undergraduate academic units may be earned and/or the trip qualifies for “Focus Series.”

Graduates can earn up to 4 credits. Please see your advisor for more details and to make sure you can fit the credits into your program of study.

Registration deadline:

December 1, 2015, with a deposit of $300. Space is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Your $300 registration fee (to be applied toward the balance due) will guarantee your spot. Register now!

Payment is due in three increments: December 1, February 1 and March 1. View the payment timeline.

Contact information:

For more information, contact Brian Schultz to get your name on a list of possible participants and receive a tentative itinerary, regular updates, reminders and an application form.

In Israel, the program will be run under the hospices of Jerusalem University College. Formerly known as the Institute of Holy Land Studies, this organization has over 40 years of experience leading academic tours of the Holy Land.