Elective unit June 6th – July 3rd 2017 Intensive Travel Unit


This unit will have several components. Students will travel to Israel. They will follow a four week course, based at Ecce Homo Convent in the Old City of Jerusalem, on one of the Synoptic Gospels which involves lectures on a Synoptic Gospel, on Judaism, and the many religious traditions present. The course, is entitled ‘Rediscover Jesus in the Land with Matthew/Mark/Luke’ (whichever is the Gospel for the following liturgical year). In 2017 it will be the Gospel according to Mark. Lectures will be accompanied by excursions to many biblical sites in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and especially in the Galilee. Experienced guides will explore the historical and archaeological links with the Gospels. There will be some opportunity to meet with members of several religious traditions in the context of the Land.

For more information see www.biblicalformation.org

It is necessary to enrol with the Program in Jerusalem.


Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. discuss the interplay between the geography of the biblical land and the text of the Gospel
  2. articulate the significance of the land in relation to the Gospel’s presentation of Jesus and his ministry
  3. explain the influence of the Galilee on the life of Jesus as reflected in the Gospel studied
  4. demonstrate knowledge of the Jewish background to the Gospel studied
  5. assess the contribution of archaeology to the study of the Gospels
  6. apply the knowledge gained concerning the Gospel and the Galilean influence to preaching or teaching the Gospel in the coming liturgical year
  7. critique a contemporary presentation of Jesus’ setting within his Jewish context.

A 3000 word critical review of Sean Freyne, Jesus, a Jewish Galilean: A New Reading of the Jesus Story. London: T&T Clark, 2004. (50%); A 3000 word essay – which takes on text from the Gospel studied and explores the significance of studying it in the Biblical land. (50%)

The Land

Brueggemann, Walter. The Land. Philadelphia, PN: Fortress Press, 1977.

Habel, Norman C. The Land is Mine. Overtures to Biblical Theology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1995.

Shanks, Hershel, and Daniel P. Cole, eds. Archaeology and the Bible: The Best of BAR. Vol. 2. Washington, DC: Biblical Archaeology Society, 1990.

The Gospel of Mark

NRSV Bible with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books [RSV is acceptable]

Recommended: Francis J. Moloney. A Friendly Guide to the New Testament. Mulgrave, VIC:

Garratt Publishing, 2012.

Culpepper, R. Alan. Mark. Macon, GA: Smyth and Helwys, 2007.

Donahue, John R., and Daniel J. Harrington. The Gospel of Mark. Sacra Pagina 2. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2002.

LaVerdiere, Eugene. The Beginning of the Gospel: Introducing the Gospel According to Mark. 2 vols. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1999.

Marcus, Joel. Mark 1-8; 8-16 The Anchor Bible. New York: Doubleday, 2000, 2009.

––––––. Mark 8-16. The Anchor Yale Bible. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009.

Moloney, Francis J. The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson 2002.