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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Jerusalem, Israel; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Wheaton College applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Eligibility: Home Institution: Only Wheaton Students Eligible Eligibility: Minimum Age: All student participants in International Travel Programs must be at least 18 years of age
Program Description:

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Program Overview

Wheaton in the Holy Lands 2018 is a study of the New Testament, Christian theology and historical geography through on-site lecture/instruction in Israel, Greece, and Rome. In addition, through contact with leaders of Roman Catholic and non-western churches, Wheaton in the Holy Lands engages students with issues of the theological development of the Church through the centuries. The six-week program offers students the experience of a lifetime, exploring the Holy Lands under the guidance and instruction of Wheaton professors and local experts.

This year, the program will be led by Dr. Vincent Bacote (Theology) and Dr. Chris Vlachos (New Testament).  Dr. Bacote and Dr. Vlachos will provide biblical, historical, and theological lectures and commentary as students study the life and times of Jesus and the Apostles in Israel, Paul and the early church in Greece and Rome, and the Apocalypse on the island of the Patmos.  In addition, supplementary lectures on ancient historical, cultural, and geographical backgrounds will be provided by faculty and local guides of Jerusalem University College in Israel and Hellenic Scripture Union in Europe. Students will also be introduced to a variety of Christian traditions and how these traditions have been preserved and developed throughout the history of the church, with special attention given to Palestinian Christianity, Jewish Messianism, Orthodox Christianity, and Roman Catholicism.


Course Offerings

Wheaton in the Holy Lands students register for a total of 8 credit hours:

BITH 317: New Testament in the Holy Lands (4 credit hrs.) 
A study of the New Testament integrated with field studies designed to introduce the student to the historical, geographical, cultural, and religious settings of the New Testament in locations where the events recorded occurred and the writings were composed.

BITH 318: Christian Theology in the Holy Lands (4 credit hrs.) 
An exploration of the core beliefs of the Christian faith with special emphasis on the role of the ancient church in its historical contexts in the development of Christian thought and practice. (BITH majors may substitute BITH 318 for Systematic Theology.)

BITH 317/318 may be used to satisfy the Shared Core requirements in New Testament and Christian Thought.

BITH 333: Historical Geography and Context in the Holy Lands (4 credit hrs.) 
A survey of the geographical, historical, religious and archaeological material of biblical Israel and Second Temple Judaism as well as the earliest Christian communities in the Greco-Roman world. Classroom lectures are supplemented by regional studies with overnight field studies, on-site lectures and relevant preparation (map work, biblical readings, etc.). Meets the HP (Historical Perspectives) thematic core requirement.


Program Fees

The estimated program fee of $8,000 - $8,500 covers tuition, airfare and ground transportation within the program, lodging, meals, and group admission to historical sites. Students will be responsible for the cost of round-trip airfare to Israel, lunches in Rome, books, and personal expenses.


Learn More

If you would like further information or have questions about Wheaton in the Holy Lands, please contact Dr. Chris Vlachos, Program Director for Wheaton in the Holy Lands. 

The Wheaton in the Holy Lands program has a 45+ year long-standing tradition as a cornerstone experience, especially for those students majoring in Biblical and Theological Studies.  That said, Wheaton in the Holy Lands alumni represent almost every major offered on Wheaton's campus. 

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