From a medieval city on a hilltop in Italy to the biblical lands of Israel and Jordan, immersion courses at Fuller take you "on location" for study, transforming your learning experience. Course material presented in lectures and readings takes on new meaning as you relate it directly to your surroundings through activities and experiences that engage all your senses. Usually taught in a short-term, intensive format, immersion courses allow you to dive deep.

Experiencing the Land of the Bible


June 22-July 6, 2014 (inclusive of travel days)

This course will bring the Bible alive in a new way by introducing you to the sites where biblical events took place-from the archaeological remains of Old Testament kingdoms to the locations of Jesus' ministry. The trip will also include some introduction to the modern state of Israel and the Middle Eastern political situation.

The Bible takes on new dimensions and deeper meaning when you visit the Holy Land. This trip will enhance not only your proclamation, but also your personal understanding. It's one thing to teach or preach the Bible through study of the text, and quite another to be able to describe the land where it was written from firsthand experience.

Trip is open to Fuller students, alumni, spouses, and staff. Since space is limited, priority will be given to current students who enroll in the associated course, OT576.

Cost: $1900 - Includes hotel lodging, two meals per day, ground transportation, guides, site entrance fees, taxes, and tips. Does not include airfare, course tuition, passport and visa expenses, and lunches.

Faculty and Areas of Emphasis



Chris Hays

D. Wilson Moore Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies


Marianne Meye Thompson

George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament


Arrive: No later than June 22 (Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv; abbrev.: TLV)


  • Mt. Of Olives
  • Gethsemane
  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Cardo/Broad Wall/First Temple Museum
  • Temple Mount
  • Western Wall
  • Southern Steps/Jerusalem Archaeological Park
  • City of David/Hezekiah's Tunnel/Pool of Siloam
  • Kotel Tunnel
  • Israel Museum/Bible Lands Museum
  • Yad Vashem
  • Tower of David
  • Suq
  • St. Anne's Church
  • Pools of Bethesda
  • Mt. Scopus


  • Caesarea Maritima
  • Tel Dan
  • Boat Ride on Galilee (+ Nof Ginosar)
  • Mt. of Beatitudes
  • Capernaum
  • Caesarea Philippi/Banias
  • Beth Shean
  • Megiddo
  • Nazareth Village/Basilica of the Annunciation
  • Sepphoris
  • Samaria (Nablus/Sebastiya)/Shechem/Jericho

Dead Sea

  • Masada
  • En Gedi/Nahal David
  • Qumran
  • Jordan River Baptismal Site
  • Dead Sea Spa


  • Church of the Nativity
  • Herodion
  • Lachish/Arad
  • Tel Beer Sheva

Fly out: July 5 or 6 from TLV


June 20-July 2, 2014

Time in Orvieto is truly a wonderful and unique experience of medieval architecture, spirituality, and culture. It is the perfect setting to explore the ancient influences and contemporary application of medieval spirituality, art, and theology through these courses.

Since 2005, when Dr. Dyrness went to Orvieto with seven students, the Brehm Center has sponsored summer courses in Orvieto with housing in a local monastery. Until summer 2010, the program was sponsored in partnership with Gordon College. This is the eigth Orvieto program.

Required Fees (Payable to the Brehm Center)

Program Fee: $375 Student Program

Lodging*: $650 (13 nights, includes breakfasts)

Meal plan*: $300 ( lunches & dinners, excluding excursions)

Alumni/Fuller spouse fee: $700

Course Summaries

TC 519: Topics in Theology and the Visual Arts: Medieval Art and Theology studies selected texts and artistic programs from the late medieval period, 1300-1500. William Dyrness.

SP 500: Medieval and Catholic Reformation Spirituality with Dr. Richard Peace focuses on the spiritual understanding and practices of six key figures drawn from the Medieval and Catholic Reformation era. Richard and Judy Peace

Dr. Dyrness and Dr. Peace will intertwine their two courses, making it a single program. Consequently, everyone who goes on the trip will be required to take both courses. If you only want to take one of the courses, you will need to register as a participant for the second one.

Dr. Dyrness' course fills elective slots and also can be used as an emphasis course for the WTA and TA emphases. Dr. Peace's course meets the Spiritual Traditions and Practices program requirement for MAT, MATM, MACL, MAIS (2010); and it meets the following MA spirituality requirements: FSP, SP2, or SPIR.

If interested, please contact Beatriz Rodriguez 626-584-5327,, Brehm Center

(626) 584-5200
(800) 235-2222
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91182