A Graduate School of Theology and Ministry

Encountering the Bible Lands with Sr. Laurie Brink, OP

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., Associate Professor of New Testament Studies.The program has two parts: a pre-trip online seminar, and a three-week travel seminar.


Encountering the Bible Lands, Part A 
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 may be taken for graduate-level credit at no additional cost for CTU students only (cross-registration does not apply). Course runs from February 21-April 11, 2018


Encountering the Bible Lands, Part B 

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 the archaeology and history with the biblical text. This travel seminar may be taken for graduate-level credit at no additional cost. The trip will run from April 29 to May 19, 2018.


Download an application here.


Download the flyer here for more information about the itinerary and details about the trip.



$4,200 plus airfare. Based on double occupancy and includes half-board, entrance fees, gratuities, guiding, and ground transportation. Does not include roundtrip airfare from Chicago, lunches, drinks, visas, or any expenses incurred for events outside of the scheduled program. Single occupancy, where possible, is an additional $1,000. Optional graduate academic credit is available without extra cost for CTU students only (cross-registration does not apply). Non-refundable deposit of $250 due with application (deducted from total). Scholarships available for students taking the program for credit.