Israel Study Tour

Israel Study Tour

Israel Study Tour

Coming May 2024

Jerome, translator of the Latin Vulgate, called the Holy Land pilgrimage "the Fifth Gospel." We invite you to read "the Fifth Gospel" in the land of Israel. Without doubt, this journey will be the most significant experience of your seminary career!

This study tour is designed specifically for seminary students like you. Western Seminary professor Dr. Jan Verbruggen will serve as group leader for this class. 

Participate in a three-week course entitled "Geographical and Historical Setting of the Bible." The course, offered in association with the Jerusalem University College, provides an excellent introduction to the geography, history, and archaeology of Israel. This tour includes lectures, map work, assignments, and exams. You will earn 4 semester hours of academic credit, transferable to Western Seminary.

Carl Laney teaching in IsraelDate

May 12 to June 2, 2024


We will stay at Mt. Zion on the Jerusalem University College campus — just a five- minutes’ walk from the Old City of Jerusalem. As we study, we'll take field trips throughout the land of Israel with overnight stays in the Negev, on the Sea of Galilee, and in Jerusalem.

Cost & Flight

We will leave the US on May 12 and arrive in Israel on May 13. For your return flight, we will depart on June 2, 2024.

The cost for the program is $4,095 for campus housing at the Jerusalem University College (JUC). Married couples typically stay in the Gloria Hotel, with a cost of $5,350 (double occupancy) per person. The hotel has air conditioning and a private bathroom and is situated inside the old city. It is about a 10 minute walk to the JUC from the Gloria Hotel. These prices include housing, food, transportation in Israel, admission fees, study materials and tuition for the program. There is no difference in price if you take the class for credit or for audit.

Application Process

To participate in the program, you need to submit an application, your application fee ($50), and a $200 deposit to Jerusalem University College by Oct. 15, 2023. Each participant must fill out the application (spouses included). First time users will need to create a new account and apply for the 5A program with Western Seminary.

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Sample Schedule 

May 12 Departure from the US
May 13 arrival in Tel Aviv; Settling in Jerusalem
May 14 Orientation and Old City walk
May 15 OT Jerusalem Walk; Hezekiah’s tunnel; Geography/Archeology/History introduction.
May 16 NT Jerusalem Walk; Benjamin Preview; Western Wall tunnels
May 17 Jerusalem Approaches Field study
May 18 Benjamin Field study
May 19 Free Day
May 20 Preview Shephelah, Judah, Negev, Dead Sea
May 21 Judah/Shephelah, Philistia Field study
May 22 Biblical Negev Field Study
May 23 Dead Sea Area Field Study
May 24 Samaria Field Study
May 25 Free day
May 26 Preview Galilee
May 27 Galilee Field study (1)
May 28 Galilee Field study (2)
May 29 Galilee Field study (3) Boat ride on Sea of Galilee
May 30 Galilee Field study (4)
May 31 Exam / Israel Museum
June 1 Trip to Yad Vashem
June 2 Departure Day