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Biblical Study & Travel Program with Sr. Laurie Brink, OP

April 27, 2022 @ 8:00 AM CT - May 18, 2022 @ 5:00 PM CT

Sr. Laurie Brink, OP

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

Stand on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and watch the early morning fishing boats. Climb the Mount of Olives and stand before the panorama that is the Old City of Jerusalem. Walk the streets of Ephesus and imagine Paul preaching there. Stand on the Areopagus in Athens, overshadowed by the Parthenon, and ponder the origins of early Christianity.


For more than 30 years, CTU Bible faculty have lead Biblical Study and Travel Programs. This year’s program will be guided by Sr. Laurie Brink, O.P., Professor of New Testament Studies. The program has two parts: a pre-trip online seminar, and a three-week travel seminar.


CTU students can earn up to 6 credit hours.  Download a flyer here.


You’ll never read Scripture the same way again!

Encountering the Bible Lands, Part A – Study

Prior to the travel seminar, a required 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 may be taken for graduate-level credit at no additional cost. The course runs from February 28-April 14, 2022.


Encountering the Bible Lands, Part B – Travel

Embark on a three-week travel seminar visiting significant archaeological and historical sites in Israel/Palestine, Greece, and Turkey. Daily tours provide participants with an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, Paul, and the early Christians. On-site lectures integrate archaeology and history with the biblical text. This travel seminar may be taken for graduate-level credit at no additional cost. 


Download the application here.    Download the Letter of Recommendation form here.


Itinerary (Subject to change)

Day 1   April 27 Wed Depart
Day 2   April 28 Thu Arrive Tel Aviv; O/N Gloria Hotel
Day 3   April 29 Fri Shrine of the Book; Bethlehem; O/N Gloria Hotel
Day 4   April 30 Sat Mount of Olives; Gethsemane, Church of Peter in Gallicantu, Holy Sepulchre; O/N Gloria Hotel
Day 5  May 1 Sun Western Wall, Southern Wall Excavations, City of David, afternoon free or visit Western Tunnels; O/N Gloria Hotel
Day 6 May 2 Mon Tel Beersheba, Tel Arad; O/N David Resort, Ein Bokek
Day 7 May 3 Tue Masada, Qumran, Qasr El Yahud, Tel Jericho; O/N Tiberias
Day 8 May 4 Wed Nazareth, Sepphoris, Mt Arbel, Ancient Boat, late afternoon boat ride; O/N Tiberias
Day 9 May 5 Thu Hazor, Tel Dan, Banyas; O/N Tiberias
Day 10 May 6 Fri Free day; O/N Ron Beach
Day 11 May 7 Sat Magdala, Capernaum, Primacy of Peter, Tabgha; O/N Tiberias
Day 12 May 8 Sun Mt Tabor, Tel Megiddo, Caesarea; O/N Tel Aviv
Day 13 May 9 Mon Morning flight to Izmir; O/N Izmir
Day 14 May 10 Tue Sardis, Philadelphia, Hierapolis; O/N Pamukkale
Day 15 May 11 Wed Colossae, Laodicea, Aphrodisias; O/N Kusadasi
Day 16 May 12 Thu Ephesus, Church of St. John, Ephesus Museum; O/N Kusadasi
Day 17 May 13 Fri Free day; O/N Kusadasi
Day 18 May 14 Sat Morning flight to Athens; Delphi; O/N Delphi
Day 19 May 15 Sun Hosios Loukas en route to Athens; O/N Hotel Stanley in Athens
Day 20 May 16 Mon Parthenon, Areopagus, Agora, O/N Hotel Stanley in Athens
Day 21 May 17 Tues Mycenae, Corinth; O/N Hotel Stanley in Athens
Day 22 May 18 Wed Depart



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