Semester normally offered: Spring 2022 Online
After revisiting the land through a virtual study tour, students delve deeper into the original context of Scripture and the ways in which the land and its lessons can be incorporated into ministry, Bible study, and teaching. Case studies from both regional and biblical perspectives build upon the JUC short-term and Physical Settings courses. Note: For those who have not studied at JUC, prior completion of the field trip materials is required and can be counted as a substitute assignment (Regions on the Run, Regional Study Guide, and maps).
By the end of the course, a student should be able to:
achieve an advanced understanding of the Bible’s geographical, historical, and cultural setting through reliving and reviewing the JUC field study program virtually;
appreciate the geographical and historical perspectives from which the biblical authors wrote and how they saw the land as a “storied place” and its own “hermeneutic;”
navigate effectively the field of historical geography and the resources and research available for studying the Bible in its original setting;
employ effectively geography and original context in biblical interpretation, teaching, and ministry; and
demonstrate the ability to integrate the realities of life in biblical times with theological study and life application.
*Note that field studies are not included for JUC Online courses.
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