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2023 Biblical Study & Travel Program

April 27, 2023 @ 8:00 AM CT - May 18, 2023 @ 5:00 PM CT

Join the internationally renowned faculty of Catholic Theological Union for an experience in the Holy Lands of the Bible unlike any other.





You are invited to join CTU’s Biblical Study and Travel Program for a three-week tour of historical and religious sites in the Holy Land from April 27 to May 18, 2023. Professor Kate Oxsen of the Biblical Literature and Languages Department will be leading the tour.


The program is open to all.  Graduate academic credit for the program is available for CTU students.


This is a two part program: an online course followed by a three-week travel seminar:

Part One (optional online course)

Prior to the travel seminar, an online course introduces
participants to the history, geography, and archaeology
of the ancient biblical world. Students learn that
acquaintance with nonliterary sources has important
implications for our understanding of the biblical text.
This course runs in the Spring Semester: B 4308 (online)
Encountering the Bible Lands, Part A.


This course is required for students seeking graduate credit for the program. 

Available for audit for non-credit seeking trip participants.


Part Two (travel seminar)

On April 27, 2023, embark on a three-week travel seminar
visiting significant archaeological and historical sites in
Israel/Palestine. Daily tours provide participants with an
opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and the early
Christians. On-site lectures integrate the archaeology and
history with the biblical text.



Pricing and Application Process

Trip applications must be completed online by January 31, 2023. A $300 non-refundable deposit is due with application (deducted from total). Space is limited. Early application submissions are encouraged.



Base Trip Cost: $5,093

Single Room Supplement: $2,095

Program cost is $5,093 based on double occupancy and includes half-board, entrance fees, gratuities, guiding, and ground transportation. Does not include lunches, drinks, visas, or personal expenses. Single occupancy, where possible, is an additional $2,095. Group airfare (Chicago-Tel Aviv-Chicago) is available for $1,275.


Course Cost: 

For Credit: $2,904 or

For Audit: $675

Scholarships are available for CTU students taking the program for credit


For information contact Bible Study & Travel Program Director, Rev. Leslie J. Hoppe, OFM, lesliejh@ctu.edu 414-975-1236.

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