Israel Summer Program Info Meeting

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 5–7 p.m.

Posted by: Center for Global Learning and Engagement (Study Abroad)

Study Tour Travel Dates: June 9-25, 2014

Archeological Dig Dates*: June 24 – July 23, 2014

*4 weeks required for UBBL 498 (3 units) – 2,3,4 weeks avail.

Cost: $4,160 + medical insurance + tuition

(Addt’l $475 per week for archaeological dig. A 2-week minimum is required for non-credit students; all 4 weeks for credit students)

Information Meeting: November 6 (5pm, Duke 117) 

Students will participate in a two-week study tour of Israel, focusing on the geographical and historical setting of the Bible, as well as the peoples, languages, cultures, and politics of modern Israel. The tour is open to credit and non-credit undergraduate and graduate students. As a part of the tour, students can also take Studying and Teaching the Bible with Dr. Crawford (but only as part of the pre-tour requirement above). The study tour will be followed by the new APU archaeological project at Abel Beth Maacah (2 Samuel 20), a borderlands site where the principal investigators are tracing the past cultural remains of Arameans, Israelites, and Phoenicians from Old Testament times. In addition to digging, participants will also benefit from a series of evening lectures on topics related to the history of the region and the Bible. This program is also open to credit and non-credit students. Non-credit students must dig for a 2 week minimum. Credit students must dig all 4 weeks. Students who have completed the 3 week online intensive in May of Women in the Biblical Tradition with Dr. Yafeh-Deigh (a course which satisfies a General Education upper division writing requirement) will complete their requirements in the field for a total of 6 units. A series of workshops will focus on a variety of topics related to the role of women in ritual, the archaeology of children, and weaving as a household industry. Students will help develop new protocols for identifying gender in the archaeological record through archaeological data, ethnographic analogy, and microarchaeological techniques. All participants must be in good physical and emotional health. The study tour requires hiking in rugged terrain where the conditions vary from the hot desert climate in the south to the still hot northern regions of Galilee. It is not recommended that someone with mobility issues go. The dig requires hard, rugged work under windy and dusty conditions. One must walk up to the summit of the tel and back down again each day. Tasks include using a pickaxe, handpick, brushes, lifting buckets of dirt, dry sieving finds, and using a wheelbarrow. The directors try to assign tasks based on one’s ability, but the work is still rigorous. Accommodations at Kibbutz Kfar Szold are basic but comfortable. All rooms have air conditioning, kitchenette, bathroom, and satellite TV. Linens are provided. There is also an Olympic size swimming pool. The kibbutz can accommodate those with special dietary needs such as vegetarian or gluten-free.

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For more information, contact:

Center for Global Learning & Engagement
(626) 857-2440