JUC Online Summer Institute

Summer Institute Online Studies

JUC Online Summer Institute is a six-week online study experience. Each study is composed of six engaging, 90-minute lectures taught live online by JUC instructors who have spent extensive time living and working in the Middle East.


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


Jesus the Galilean

Fridays 03:00-04:30 Israel Time
(Thursdays 8:00-9:30pm Eastern Time)

Instructor: Dr. Wave Nunnally


The purpose of this course is to explore and understand Jesus (both His teachings and His works) in light of the original context of His life and ministry. As we read the Gospels in and from the perspective of the participants and author, our goal will be to read with greater sensitivity to the historical situation, ancient customs and beliefs, religious practices, and nuances of language. The ultimate goal is to see Jesus more clearly and allow this clearer view to challenge and transform our lives to more fully mirror His (1 John 3:2).

Faculty Biography

Dr. Wave Nunnally: B.A., Mississippi College; M.A., Institute of Holy Land Studies; M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary (’86); M.Phil, Hebrew Union College; Ph.D., Hebrew Union College. Faculty, Evangel University. Ordained minister. Published author.

Reading Psalms Geographically

Thursdays 17:00-18:30 Israel Time
(10:00-11:30am Eastern Time)

Instructor: Dr. Paul Wright


One of the things that makes the Bible itself alive is that it is fully immersed in the world of nature, a world that is real, that can be marked on a map, and that can be visited and lived in. The Psalms are for everyone, yet they are embedded in experiences of people who lived in a particular place, the land of ancient Israel. The realities of that land, which can be experienced yet today, provided ready images for the psalmists who used them to point to larger realities: those of God, us, and the journey that binds us together.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Paul Wright: B.A., Bethel College; M.A., Institute of Holy Land Studies; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; M.Phil, Ph.D., Hebrew Union College. President, Jerusalem University College. Visiting faculty, Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies and special instructor in the Israeli Ministry of Tourism Tour Guide Program. Excavations at Giloh, Ramat Rahel, and Tel Rehov. Ordained minister. Published author.

What Archaeology Can and Cannot Tell Us About the Bible

Wednesdays 17:00-18:30 Israel Time
(10:00-11:30am Eastern Time)

Instructor: Dr. Chris McKinny


The purpose of this course is to demonstrate what archaeology can and cannot tell you about the Bible through six case studies spanning the Exodus from Egypt to the destruction of the Solomonic temple of Jerusalem. Biblical archaeology regularly uncovers a vast number of physical remains related to ancient Israel and the other peoples who inhabited the biblical world. The frequent discovery of relevant physical evidence makes biblical archaeology a dynamic source for understanding ancient Israel. As we study static written sources - the historical books of the Old Testament - we are often faced with the challenge of how to relate new physical remains with ancient texts. The goal of this course is to provide a framework for tackling that challenge.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Chris McKinny: B.A. The Master's College; M.A. Jerusalem University College; 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. Published author.


Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Yes! Each summer study is offered live at a different time, so you may register for as many as you would like.

There are no scholarships available for JUC Online Summer Studies. However, this is our most affordable learning opportunity, as each course costs only $159.

No, our instructors will not be recording their lectures. JUC Online Summer Institute is intended to be experienced online in live time.

Registration Closed

Registration for JUC Online Summer Institute 2021 is now closed.

Summer Institute Overview

  • WHO: Open to All

  • WHEN: 19 May - 24 June

  • PRICE: $159 per Study

  • PLATFORM: Zoom

  • COURSE CREDIT: No Credit Offered