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Biblical Study and Travel

At the Temple ruins, Jerusalem

April 29—May 19, 2018

You’ll never read
Scripture the same again!

Stand on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and watch the early morning fishing boats. Climb the Mount of Olives and stand before the panorama that is the Old City of Jerusalem. Walk the streets of Ephesus and imagine Paul’s preaching there. Stand on the Areopagus in Athens, overshadowed by the Parthenon, and ponder the origins of early Christianity. You’re invited to join the internationally-renowned Bible faculty of Catholic Theological Union for an experience in the Holy Lands of the Bible unlike any other. For more than 30 years, CTU Bible faculty have lead Biblical Study and Travel Programs. This year’s program will be guided by Sr. Laurie Brink, O.P., Associate Professor of New Testament Studies. The program has two parts: a pre-trip on-line seminar, and a three-week travel seminar.

Exploring the World behind the Bible--Prior to the travel seminar, an on-line course introduces participants to the history, geography, and archaeology of the ancient Biblical world. The student learns how acquaintance with nonliterary sources has important implications for our understanding of the biblical text. This course may be taken for graduate-level credit at no additional cost. Course runs from February 21-April 11, 2018.

Encountering the Bible Lands—Then embark on a three-week travel seminar visiting significant archaeological and historical sites in Israel/Palestine, Greece, and Turkey.  Daily tours provide participants with an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, Paul, and the early Christians. On-site lectures integrate the archaeology and history with the biblical text. This travel seminar may be taken for graduate-level credit at no additional cost.

When booking flights, plan to arrive in Tel Aviv by 6 p.m. April 30 in order to take the group shuttle to the hotel.Return flights are out of Athens.

Cost:$4,200 plus airfare. Based on double occupancy and includes half-board, entrance fees, gratuities, guiding, and ground transportation. Does not include roundtrip airfare from Chicago, lunches, drinks, visas, or any expenses incurred for events outside of the scheduled program. Single occupancy, where possible, is an additional $1,000. Optional graduate academic credit is available without extra cost. Non-refundable deposit of $250 due with application (deducted from total). Scholarships available for students taking the program for credit. Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2018. The application can be found online at;  click on Programs & Centers, and then on Bible Study and Travel.

Please click below to download application.

CTU offers two Biblical Study and Travel scholarships - Chiarelli Scholarship and Seeds Scholarship.  Click here for information.

For information, contact:

Sallie Latkovich, C.S.J.
Director of Biblical Study and Travel
Phone: 773.371.5436
Fax: 773.324.4360
Email: or


Apr 29Sunday            Departure to Tel Aviv, Israel

Apr 30Mon                 Arrive Tel Aviv; drive to Dor; O/N Nachsolim

May 1  Tues                 Dor Museum, Caesarea, Muhraqa, Tel Megiddo; O/N Nazareth

May 2  Wed                Nazareth, Mt. Tabor, Sepphoris, Yardenit; o/n Tiberius

May 3  Thurs               Bethsaida, Hazor, Tel Dan, Banyas; o/n Tiberius

May 4  Fri                    Capernaum, Primacy of Peter, Tabgha, Magdala, Ancient Boat; Boat ride;

                                    o/n Tiberius

May 5Sat                   Free Day to relax on the Sea of Galilee.Optional Trip: Qatzrin,

Gamla, Kursi; o/n Tiberius

May 6  Sun                  Bet Shean, Jericho, Qasr El Yahud (Israeli baptism site), Qumran;

                                    O/N Ein Gedi

May 7  Mon                 Masada, Ein Boket Dead Sea swim, Tel Arad; O/N Arad

May 8  Tues                 Tel  Beersheva, Bethlehem, Temple Model; O/N Gloria Hotel

May 9  Wed                Mount of Olives; Gethsemane, Church of Peter in Gallicantu,

Mount Zion, Holy Sepulchre; O/N Gloria Hotel

May 10 Thurs              Western Wall, Southern Wall Excavations, City of David;

O/N Gloria Hotel

May 11 Fri                 Free Day to explore the Old City of Jerusalem; O/N Gloria Hotel

May 12 Sat                  Early morning flight to Istanbul, visit Chora Church, Hagia Sophia,

                                    Süleymaniye Mosque, (if time allows) Spice Market, evening cruise on

                                    Bosphorus; O/N Istanbul

May 13 Sun                 Drive to Gallipolli, Troy; O/N Canakkale

May 14 Mon               Assos, Pergamum, O/N Kusadasi

May 15 Tues               Ephesus, Church of St John, Ephesus Museum; O/N Kusadasi

May 16 Wed               Early Morning Flight to Athens; afternoon free; O/N Athens

May 17 Thur               Parthenon, Areopagus, Agora; O/N Athens

May 18 Fri                  Mycenae, Corinth; O/N Athens

May 19 Sat                  Return flights [from Athens]