Wheaton in the Holy Lands 2015

Wheaton in the Holy Lands

Wheaton in the Holy Lands is a study of the New Testament and Christian theology through on-site instruction in Israel, Greece, and Rome.


Program Overview

Wheaton in the Holy Lands 2017 is a study of the New Testament and Christian theology through on-site lecture/instruction in Israel, Greece, and Rome. In addition, through contact with leaders of 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.

Wheaton in the Holy Lands

This year, the program will be led by Dr. Michael Graves (Biblical Studies) and Dr. Chris Vlachos (New Testament).  Dr. Graves and Dr. Vlachos will provide biblical and theological commentary as students explore the life and times of Jesus in the land of Israel, Paul in the European world, and Patmos - the island of the Apocalypse.  In addition, students will be introduced to a variety of Christian traditions and how these traditions have been preserved and developed throughout the history of the church, with specific attention to Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism.

  • Sponsoring Department: Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Program Director: Dr. Chris Vlachos
  • Program Leader(s): Dr. Chris Vlachos and Dr. Michael Graves
  • Term: Summer
  • On-Campus:  Students will meet with faculty for six sessions of 1.5 hours each during the Spring Semester to review logistics and academic material.
  • Travel Dates: May 14 - June 24, 2017
  • Estimated Cost:  $8,000 - $8,500 (airfare not included) 
  • Prerequisites: None, though preference may be given to upperclassmen
  • Eligibility: Open to Wheaton students only; graduate students are eligible to apply
  • Partner Institution(s): Jerusalem University College and Hellenic Scripture Union
  • Highlights: The six-week study program is structured into two blocks of three weeks each. During the first three weeks, students study The Land of Israel; in the second three weeks, students learn more about Paul and the Early Church as they travel through Greece and Rome.  As they study ancient cultures and their physical remains, students will explore the cultural, linguistic, political, and social underpinnings of the biblical text as well as the constancy of the Church's faithful witness to God's grace in every generation.

Course Offerings

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

BITH 317 and 318: Studies in Biblical Lands. A study of cultural, historical, geographical, and theological dimensions of the Old Testament, New Testament, and the Church through classroom lecture and travel to Israel, Greece, and Rome. This program can be taken as a partial alternative to the general education requirements in Biblical and Theological studies, or it can fill selected requirements in the Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, or Archaeology major. (4 hours each)

  • BITH 317, The Land of Israel (4 hours) and BIT 318, Paul and the Early Church (4 hours).  
  • These 8 hours can be counted as general electives toward required 124 credit hours needed for graduation.
  • These 8 hours can also be counted toward General Education requirements and / or requirements for a major or minor in Biblical and Theological Studies or Biblical Archaeology according to the substitutions approved for BITH 317 and 318.

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 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. 

How to Apply

For more information and to apply, visit GoGlobal, Wheaton College's registration system for off-campus study and international travel, research, and internships.

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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