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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell

Study in Isreal: Historical and Geographical Settings of the Bible

Chesterton House wants to share an exciting opportunity hosted by our partner Gordon College

Current Cornell students are welcome to apply!        

BCM291: Geographical and Historical Settings of the Bible - 4 Credits


Seminar Dates: May 21–June 11, 2017 (An optional Jordon extension is also available.)

Application Deadline: December 2, 2016
Contact: Professor Elaine Phillips


Gordon College, through the Jerusalem University College (JUC) and University of the Holy Land (UHL), offers a unique summer experience in the history and geography of the Bible. At JUC, students experience an intensive three-week on-site four credit course that introduces the geography, history and archeology of Israel. Through UHL, students may participate in an additional two-week (two credit) program that focuses on the land of Jordan. Both courses involve study of the physical features of the lands of the Bible, stressing geographical factors affecting settlement and communication in various regions. Relevant archaeological, historical and biblical material is correlated with sites, roads and features in each region.

To learn more about this course and registration, click here.*


The total cost is approximately $4,900 for the Israel Seminar or $7,450 with the Jordan Extension. This includes:

  • Tuition
  • Airfare (roundtrip from Boston to Israel)
  • Ground transportation (within Israel)
  • Meals
  • Accommodations
  • Transport and site fees

*NOTE: Costs may be affected by a major change in bulk airfare rates to Israel.

*It should be noted that the cost of this program is the price as listed above by Gordon College.  The typical rate for classes taken here at Cornell through our course initiative with Gordon College do not apply in this case.