JUC Online Semester Learning

Semester Learning Online Courses

JUC Online Semester Learning is a unique offering of full semester-long courses during the Spring and Fall semesters, following our traditional M.A. course schedule. These courses are taught live online by our expert faculty, who are all deeply familiar with the history, lands, cultures, and languages of the Bible. All classes are taught virtually, with emphasis on the interactive nature of student and faculty engagement during lectures.

 


Spring Semester Dates: 31 January - 06 May, 2022

Note: Courses are listed in both Israel Time Zone and Eastern Time Zone. Israel Time is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Time.

 

Ancient Egypt and the Biblical World

Wednesdays and Fridays 05:00-06:15 Israel Time
(Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00pm-11:15pm Eastern Time)

Instructor: Dr. Paul Wright

$480 audit
$1890 credit

Offered as an introduction to ancient Egypt, this course surveys Egypt's history and culture from the Predynastic Period (4th millennium B.C.) through the Ptolemaic Period (30 B.C.). Particular emphasis will be placed on the connection of Egypt with the land of Canaan and Israel, as well as on the connection of persons and events mentioned in the Bible with ancient Egypt.

3 credit hours. Offered online only.
Full semester course. Some dates may be adjusted due to the instructor's schedule.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Paul Wright: B.A., Bethel University; M.A., Institute of Holy Land Studies / Jerusalem University College; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; M.Phil, Ph.D., Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. 10th President, Jerusalem University College (2002-2021). Visiting faculty, Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies (2002-2020). Excavations at Giloh, Ramat Rahel, and Tel Rehov. Ordained minister. Published author. Began teaching at JUC in 1996.

Archaeology of the Judean Shephelah

Wednesdays 18:00-20:30 Israel Time
(11:00am-01:30pm Eastern Time)

Instructors: Dr. Chris McKinny and Dr. Kyle Keimer

$480 audit
$1890 credit

This course will focus on the history and archaeology of the Judean Shephelah from the Early Bronze Age through the Roman Period. The Judean Shephelah is a transitional region comprised of a series of wide east-west valleys and foothills that separate the hill country in the east and the coastal plain in the west. During much of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament period, the Shephelah was a border region between biblical Philistia and Judah, and later it witnessed interaction between Phoenicians, Idumeans, and Jews. It is the setting of many narratives of major biblical heroes and villains such as Samson, Samuel, Saul, Goliath, David, Shishak, Asa, Hazael, Hezekiah, Sennacherib, Josiah, and Nebuchadnezzar. Beyond what the biblical text has to tell us about this region, the Shephelah has been one of the most intensively excavated regions in all of Israel – which itself is one of the most excavated places on earth. Dr. Chris McKinny and Dr. Kyle Keimer have spent many years excavating at various sites in the Shephelah, working alongside other archaeologists. In this course, they will present on the archaeology and history of the Shephelah and introduce you to other leading experts on the region.

3 credit hours. Offered online only.
Full semester course.

 

Faculty Biography

Dr. Chris McKinnyB.A., The Master's College; M.A., Jerusalem University College; M.A., Bar Ilan University; Ph.D., Bar Ilan University. Research Fellow, Gesher Media. Excavations at Tel Burna, Tell es-Safi, Kiriath-jearim, and Horvat Eres. Senior staff member, Tel Burna Archaeological Project. Ordained minister. Extensive publications. Began teaching at JUC in 2021.


Dr. Kyle KeimerB.A., The Ohio State University; M.A., Wheaton College; Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles. Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Macquarie University. Co-Director of the Khirbet el-Ra'i excavations. Co-Host of OnScript: The Biblical World podcast. Excavations at Khirbet el-Ra'i, Azekah, Jaffa, Hazor, and Caesarea Maritima. Extensive publications. Begins teaching at JUC in 2022.

Lessons from the Land: Applications for Teaching and Ministry

Mondays 19:30-22:00 Israel Time
(12:30pm-03:00pm Eastern Time)

Instructors: Dr. John Monson

$480 audit
$1890 credit

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).

3 credit hours. Offered online only.
Full semester course.

Faculty Biography

Dr. John Monson: B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Institute of Holy Land Studies; graduate studies, Hebrew University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University. Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Excavations at Jerusalem, Har-Tuv, Timnah, Lachish, Qeiyafa, Abel Beth-Maacah, Ashkelon. Published author. Began teaching at JUC in 1988.

Physical Settings of the Bible

Tuesdays 16:30-19:00 Israel Time
(09:30am-12:00pm Eastern Time)

Instructor: Chandler Collins

$640 audit
$2520 credit

A study of the physical features of the land of the Bible with an emphasis on the geographical elements of various regions and how geography influenced and affected aspects of biblical and extra-biblical history. Relevant archaeological, historical and biblical material is integrated into the lectures and field studies where it is correlated with the sites visited, the ancient network of roads and geographical elements of the land. Online only. To apply this course toward the JUC M.A. BHG program, all in-land field studies must be completed within 1 year of the end date of this course.

4 credit hours. Offered online only.
Full semester course.

Faculty Biography

Chandler Collins: B.A., Moody Bible Institute; graduate studies, Jerusalem University College; M.A., M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Ph.D. Candidate, Bar Ilan University. Excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa and Abel Beth Maacah. Administrative Dean at Jerusalem University College. Began teaching at JUC in 2017.

The World of Jesus and His Disciples

Fridays 15:00-17:30 Israel Time
(08:00am-10:30am Eastern Time)

Instructor: Rebecca Pettit

$480 audit
$1890 credit

The course is an introduction to the historical, geographical, and social settings of the age into which Jesus was born. Lectures will focus on the history of the Second Temple Period and the years after the destruction of the Second Temple (586 BCE-120 CE), a time of crucial formation for both Judaism and Christianity. This course will thoughtfully consider the cultural background of the society into which Jesus was born and raised and provide the student with a method to enhance biblical study and foundational hermeneutic through archaeology, geography, and textual sources.

3 credit hours. Offered online only.
Full semester course.

Faculty Biography

Rebecca Pettit: B.A., Northland International University; M.A., M.A., Jerusalem University College; M.A., Bar-Ilan University. Award-winning filmmaker. Docent at The Writers’ Gathering. Excavations at Tel Gezer. Published author. Began teaching at JUC in 2018.


Fall Semester Dates: 30 August - 03 December, 2021

Note: Courses are listed in both Israel Time Zone and Eastern Time Zone. Israel Time is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Time.

 

Contexts of the Holy City

Tuesdays 16:00-18:30 Israel Time
(09:00-11:30am Eastern Time)

Instructor: Chandler Collins

An exploration of Jerusalem during key periods in biblical history, including: the earliest history, the city in the times of David and Solomon, Hezekiah, Jeremiah, Nehemiah, the Hasmoneans, Herod the Great, Jesus, the Apostles, and during the Jewish War. Important literary themes related to Jerusalem will also be explored. The class will focus on biblical texts related to Jerusalem but will include a combination of geographic, archaeological, literary (extrabiblical texts), cartographic (early maps and models), photographic (historic photos and sketches), and theological tools in our study. Lectures and coursework will assume a student’s basic exposure to geography, history, and sources related to Jerusalem.

3 credit hours. Offered online only.
Full semester course.

Faculty Biography

Chandler Collins: B.A., Moody Bible Institute; graduate studies, Jerusalem University College; M.A., M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Ph.D. Candidate, Bar Ilan University. Excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa and Abel Beth Maacah. Administrative Dean at Jerusalem University College. Began teaching at JUC in 2017.

Geographical Contexts of the Prophets

Fridays 15:00-17:30 Israel Time
(08:00-10:30am Eastern Time)

Instructor: Dr. Cyndi Parker

A study of how geography and socio-political contexts influenced the messages of the Hebrew prophets from Elijah to Malachi. This course explores the international and local geo-political contexts of the prophets to elucidate the theological messages they relayed to the Judeans and Israelites during the Iron II period.

3 credit hours. Offered online only.
Full semester course.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Cyndi Parker: B.A., Butler University; graduate studies, Jerusalem University College; M.A., M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Gloucestershire. Founder of Narrative of Place. Published author. Began teaching at JUC in 2006.

Literature of Israel’s Neighbors

Mondays 15:00-18:30 Israel Time
(08:00-11:30am Eastern Time)

Instructor: Dr. Bryan Beyer

A survey of key pieces of literature from ancient Israel’s neighbors, including Egypt, Mesopotamia, Syria, and more. The goal is to place biblical literature within its historical context, noting both points of similarity and contrast and highlighting both parallels and the uniqueness of the biblical text.

2 credit hours. Offered online only.
This is a 6-week course from August 30-October 4.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Bryan Beyer: B.A., Colorado State University; M.Div., Denver Seminary; Ph.D., Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Bible Professor Emeritus at Columbia International University. JUC Board of Directors Chairman of Associated Schools. Published author. Began teaching at JUC in 2006.

Society and Politics in the Holy Land: Palestinian and Israeli Perspectives

Thursdays 15:00-17:30 Israel Time
(08:00-10:30am Eastern Time)

Instructors: Dr. Bernard Sabella & Dr. Jonathan Kaplan

The course will examine central historical, social, and political issues as these relate to Israeli and Palestinian societies. The origins of each society (including contrasting narratives of the 1948 war), as well as some of their characteristic features, such as the social composition, the role of religion, the economy, and the political system will be covered alternately by both an Israeli and a Palestinian professor, long associated with Jerusalem University College. The final class session, taught jointly, will examine each side's positions and expectations regarding present realities and future prospects for peace and reconciliation.

3 credit hours. Offered online only.
Full semester course.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Bernard Sabella: B.A., Franklin and Marshall College; Ph.D., The University of Virginia. Faculty and Chair, Department of Social Science, Bethlehem University. Elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council representing Jerusalem. Extensive publications. Began teaching at JUC in 1994.


Dr. Jonathan Kaplan: B.A., M.A., PhD, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Recipient of the Herzl Fellows Award. Administrative Director, Rothberg International School (Undergraduate Program) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Published author. Began teaching at JUC in 1986.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! You can take as many courses or studies as you would like.

Yes, we offer technical assistance through our North American office that operates from 9:00am-5:00pm EST. You are welcome to contact our team at support@juc.edu with your questions.

No! All long-term and short-term JUC programs in Jerusalem continue to proceed as scheduled.

There are no scholarships available for JUC Online. However, we allow anyone to enroll in JUC Online Semester Learning courses for audit at a reduced rate. Additionally, the application fee is waived for Semester Learning courses.

Yes. If JUC M.A. students take all the required in-residence courses for their program (48 credits for M.A., 24 credits for Graduate Certificate, and 12 credits for Semester Abroad) they can take as many additional JUC Online courses as they would like. If a student does not take more than 16 credit hours in each semester, they will not be charged extra for JUC Online courses.

No, JUC Online courses do not replace any of the courses required to complete the 48-credit-hour in-residence M.A. programs even if the online course has the same name as an in-residence course. This is because field studies are foundational to JUC M.A. courses and an essential part of the curriculum that is required to complete a JUC program. However, JUC M.A. students who complete a JUC Online course may have the course included on their official transcript.

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Semester Learning Overview


  • WHO: Open to All

  • WHEN: 31 Jan. - 06 May 2022

  • PRICE: Audit from $480; Credit from $1890

  • COURSE CREDIT: Audit & Credit

  • DEADLINE TO APPLY: 24 Jan. 2022

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