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: these studies are not offered for credit.


Summer Dates: 16 May - 27 June, 2022

Note: Courses are listed in Eastern Time Zone.


Egypt and the Old Testament

Wednesdays 08:00pm-09:30pm Eastern Time

Instructors: Dr. Mark Janzen


After Israel, Egypt is mentioned more than any other nation in the Old Testament, and within its territory, the two greatest events of salvation history occurred, namely the Exodus and the Sinai theophany and covenant ceremony. This course seeks to investigate these events in their historical and geographical contexts, providing students with a range of scholarly interpretations of the events and their historicity. After the Exodus, Israel continued to have political and military dealings with Egypt until the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC, including Solomon’s marriage to Pharaoh’s daughter, the invasion of Shishak, and the events that ended King Josiah's life. The course will conclude with an examination of these events of the Iron Age through Egyptian archaeological and textual sources, seeking to provide additional context for these later references to Egypt in the Hebrew Bible.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Mark Janzen: B.A. in Biblical Languages, Central Bible College; M.A. in Archaeology and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangel Divinity School; Ph.D. in Ancient History, University of Memphis. Assistant Professor of History, Louisiana Christian University. Associate Professor of Archaeology, Lipscomb University, starting Fall 2022. Deputy Director of the Karnak Great Hypostyle Hall Project in Luxor, Egypt. Published author. Begins teaching at JUC in 2022.

Geographical Lenses on Ezekiel

Thursdays 08:00pm-09:30pm Eastern Time

Instructors: Dr. Elaine and Dr. Perry Phillips


Studying Ezekiel, who prophesied from exile, requires expanding our focus beyond the geographical boundaries of the promised Land. This brief introduction will address Ezekiel’s messages to the communities in Jerusalem and Babylon during the grim final years of the first temple. Join us as we explore Judah’s idolatry, the covenant sanctions, the oracles against surrounding foreign nations, the hope God’s people found in His promised forthcoming justice, and the visions of renewal – realities we might call “eschatological geography.”

Faculty Biographies

Dr. Elaine Phillips: B.A. in Social Psychology, Cornell University; M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary; M.A. in Hebrew, Institute of Holy Land Studies; Ph.D. in Rabbinic Literature, The Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning. Professor Emerita of Biblical and Theological Studies, Gordon College. Published author. Began teaching at JUC in 1997.

Dr. Perry Phillips: B.A. in Physics, Beloit College; M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary; M.A. in Hebrew, Institute of Holy Land Studies; Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Cornell University. Former adjunct faculty, Gordon College. Published author. Began teaching at JUC in 1977.

The Jewish Context of Jesus and the New Testament

Tuesdays 09:00pm-10:30pm Eastern Time

Instructors: Dr. Oliver Hersey and Dr. Joel Willitts


This course is a brief survey of the history, archaeology, culture, and literature of Second Temple Judaism, the context of Jesus, and the New Testament. Students will be introduced to the key events of the Jewish story and significant people who shaped that story, deepening their appreciation for Jesus’ life and ministry and its apostolic witness.

Faculty Biographies

Dr. Oliver Hersey: B.A. in Mathematics, Calvin College; M.A. in Biblical Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D. in Old Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. President of Jerusalem University College. Began teaching at JUC in 2021.

Dr. Joel Willitts: B.S. in Church Ministry, Liberty University; Th.M. in Old & New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary; M.Phil., Ph.D. in New Testament, Cambridge University. Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, North Park University. Published author. Begins teaching at JUC in 2022.

Summer Dates: 19 May - 24 June, 2021

Note: Courses are listed in Eastern Time Zone.


Jesus the Galilean

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 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 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 the JUC Online Summer Institute. However, this is our most affordable learning opportunity, as each course costs only $159.

Yes, recordings of the 2022 Summer Institute lectures will be provided for registered students to view at a later time. However, please be aware that the JUC Summer Institute is intended to be experienced online in live time.

Summer Studies Have Begun

Registration for JUC Online Summer Institute 2022 closed on 13 May, 2022.

Summer Institute Overview

  • WHO: Open to All

  • WHEN: 16 May - 27 June

  • PRICE: $159 per Study

  • COURSE CREDIT: No Credit Offered