In this intensive two week-voyage taught by Dr. Linford Stutzman, you will experience the shift from land to sea following the movement toward "the ends of the earth" in the book of Acts. You will trace the spread of the gospel into the world of the Mediterranean Basin as you sail into in the major ports of the Roman world. By immersing yourself in the cultural matrix of the first-century apostles, you can increase your understanding of their mission and their writings to the church.
This field study introduces students to the physical, social, and historical context of the Acts story and traces the westward expansion of the Christian movement on and around the Mediterranean Sea. Therefore, you will experience the reality of sea travel in the first century as you explore nine of the port cities from Paul's missionary journeys. Students will also participate in lectures and discussions on the narrative of Acts from the perspective of the Mediterranean Sea.
This course will be offered on the following dates:
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On this program, students will explore the following sites:
Pythagoria on Samos Island
*All Itineraries are subject to change due to instructor
preference or the situation at sea or on the ground.
Students will be participating in field studies, including sea and land travel throughout their time in this program. Students will spend six days aboard the boat (gulet) and eight days of interactive study on land. The physical demands will include rigorous activities such as walking and hiking between 3-5 miles a day on land.
Currently, proof of a Covid vaccination or negative test documentation (within 72 hours) will be required to fly to Turkey and enter Greece. You may check our Student Manual for the most recent information about Covid requirements, and we will provide updates as needed. No additional vaccines are required to visit Turkey or Greece.
Please see the packing list in our Student Manual to prepare for your trip.
You do not need to know how to sail before starting your voyage! The sailing experience will put you in touch with first century sea travel, but the sailing crew will manage control of the boat. See our Student Manual for more details about sea travel during this program.
For information about air travel and Turkey visas, please review our Student Manual.
The waters of the Mediterranean are usually stable during this time of the year, so sea sickness is rare. However, if you are susceptible to motion sickness, we recommend bringing medication for the journey as a precaution.
Approximate program costs can be found on our Tuition & Fees page. The total program cost includes all lodging, tips, instructors, guides, lectures, transfers, and three meals a day (with few exceptions during independent recreational times). Upon acceptance, full program payment must be completed to reserve your place in this program.
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