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.


Courses Coming Soon!

Spring Semester Dates: 31 January - 06 May, 2022

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

$480 audit
$1890 credit

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

$480 audit
$1890 credit

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

$320 audit
$1260 credit

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

$480 audit
$1890 credit

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 regular JUC programs in Jerusalem will proceed as scheduled when Israel re-opens their borders to foreign students and tourists. 

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. JUC M.A. students who complete a JUC Online course may have the course included on their official transcript.

Apply for Spring 2022

The JUC Online application is open for the Spring 2022 semester. Start your application today!

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Semester Learning Overview

  • WHO: Open to All

  • WHEN: 31 Jan. - 06 May 2022

  • PRICE: Audit from $320; Credit from $1260

  • COURSE CREDIT: Audit & Credit
    (no credit offered for JUC M.A. students)

  • DEADLINE TO APPLY: 17 Jan. 2022

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