The esimated cost of this course is $2,500, while the final price of this course will be determined in the early summer of 2013. Please note that this price is based on full-time enrollment, on campus, two terms tuition, and room and board. For other circumstances, please consult with Dr. Bob Yoder for your tentative cost. Flights will be out of and returning to Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). Students may work with Footstep Ministries to make alternative return flights at an additional cost.
The cost of the program includes: round trip airfare from Chicago ORD; airport taxes; port taxes; shared triple/quad rooms in tourist class hotels in central locations; breakfast daily, nine lunches, and six dinners; transportation and entrance fees to sights and museums; and gratuities.
An initial, non-refundable deposit of $750 will be due September 27th, 2013. This deposit will secure a student's place on the program. The remaining balance will be due December 13, 2013.
Contribution to Academic Curriculum
The American biblical illiteracy rate continues to climb and misunderstandings about the ministry of the Apostle Paul abound in ways that have resulted in religious oppression or harm to people within and outside the Christian church. The world situation today calls for greater religious understanding, particularly around the issues that have divided East from West. Goshen College is a Christ-centered institution in which many of its students desire to grow in their faith, discover ways the Bible can inform their developing faith, and realize how this faith can positively impact the world around them. Many of the specific churches Paul worked with encountered significant challenges among their members around the faith they struggled to develop, including realities that often caused division within the communities.
This course will allow Goshen College students to:
• Appreciate the missionary zeal of Apostle Paul in ways that can prepare students to better engage today’s religious realities by building bridges instead of perpetuating issues that often divide people of faith.
• Develop understanding into the cultural, religious, and political world at the time of the Apostle Paul as new Christian communities formed from Jewish and Gentile populations, and other socio-class demographics.
• Experience first-hand key biblical sites in Greece and Rome associated with various books of the Bible and the New Testament’s key missionary figure, the Apostle Paul.
• Gain knowledge about the Greek and Roman Empires as was lived out in Greece and Rome, through its philosophy, art, architecture, and governance.
• Locate their own place in the broad-ranging, historical faith story as they learn about and interact with leaders from the Greek Orthodox Church, the Greek Evangelical movement, the Roman Catholic Church, and Jewish presence in northern Greece.
• Grow in their own faith through reading, reflection, worship, and learning from one another.
This 20-day Bible course follows the journey of Apostle Paul’s second missionary journey in Greece (Acts 16-18) and his final journey to Rome (Acts 28) examining how he mentored Christian faith in the communities and individuals he encountered. Exegetical study of Pauline letters and on-site instruction at key biblical sites will aid students’ knowledge of the cultural, religious, and political world of the first century in which Paul moved. Students will also be introduced to several “descendant groups” of Paul’s early mission work—the Greek Orthodox Church, the Greek Evangelical movement, and the Roman Catholic Church—through attending church services, interactions with local church leaders, and readings.
This course will provide students the opportunity to grow in their faith as some may engage it as a “spiritual pilgrimage.” Large and small group times, as well as personal moments, will involve worship, reflection, journaling, and sharing insights with one another. Overall, gaining insight into the faith, spirituality, and mission of the Apostle Paul will hopefully strengthen students’ individual faith journeys and that the Scriptures will come alive as they experience the various places in Greece and Rome. Sites to be visited include Thessaloniki, Philippi, Berea, Vergina, Mt. Olympus, Meteora, Delphi, Athens, Corinth, Assisi, and Rome.
By the end of the course, students will individually answer in an essay: How might Paul’s early mission work and introduction to the various “descendent groups” inform a 21st century approach to Christian discipleship? If Paul were writing an epistle to Goshen College encouraging them as a faith mentoring environment, what would he write?
April 30 - May 19, 2014
Greece & Italy
BIBL 310 – Topics:
Journeys of Paul in Greece and Rome
3 credits and SST Alternative
This 20-day Bible course follows the journey of Apostle Paul’s second missionary journey in Greece (Acts 16-18) and his final journey to Rome (Acts 28) examining how he mentored Christian faith in the communities and individuals he encountered.
Students will also have the opportunity to experience first-hand key biblical sites in Greece and Rome, gain understanding into the cultural and religious issues at the time of the Apostle Paul, cross-culturally experience contemporary realities of Greece and Rome, and grow in their own faith through reading, reflection, worship, and learning about various religious communities, both historical and present.
Dr. Bob Yoder
Office: AD 14A
Phone: (574) 535-7542
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Please note: B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner
Days 1 & 2 – Arrival
Depart Chicago / Arrive Thessaloniki, Greece (D)
Day 3 – Thessaloniki
We begin our time in Greece with a cultural orientation, introduction to the life of the Apostle Paul, and a basic Greek language lesson. We then set out on a walking tour of Thessaloniki including the White Tower, Arch of Galerius, Rotunda, St. Demitrios Church, and the ancient Roman forum. We begin our study of the ministry of Paul and discuss his letter to the Thessalonians. (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Philippi
Following breakfast we depart for Philippi, the first major city Paul visited on his 2nd missionary journey. At Philippi we visit the site of Lydia’s baptism followed by a tour of the archaeological site, visiting the bema, forum, basilicas, theater, city walls, and traditional location of Paul’s imprisonment. Then we visit the port of Philippi, the biblical city of Neapolis (today called Kavala) and tour the port, aqueduct, and mosaic of Paul. After touring, we return to Thessaloniki for overnight. (B,L)
Day 5 – Thessaloniki: Greek Orthodox Service & Study Day
This day is a time for small group topic discussions and presentations as well as a visit to a Greek Orthodox church to attend a service. (B)
Day 6 – Berea, Vergina, Mt. Olympus
After breakfast we travel to Vergina, site of the Royal Tombs and Palace of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. We explore the museum and the Macedonian Tombs with their priceless artifacts, wall paintings, and edifices. We continue our travel to Berea to see the Rostrum of Paul and the Jewish Quarter with its Synagogue. Our emphasis is upon Paul and his Synagogue Sermon (Acts 13). The afternoon allows us time for a hike on legendary Mt. Olympus. We return from the hike to a quaint inn in the mountainside village of Litohoro where we spend the night. (B,L)
Day 7 – Meteora
Departing Litohoro we travel to Thessaly and central Greece. We visit the monasteries of Meteora perched high atop towering rock formations. We are introduced to Eastern Orthodoxy with an orientation to basic doctrine, beliefs, and practices. During the afternoon we continue to Delphi for dinner & overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 8 – Delphi
Morning field preparation and tour of the archaeological site of Delphi. Delphi was the most important religious center of classical Greece. There we see the Sanctuary of Apollo, Oracle of Delphi, agora, Sacred Way, theater, and stadium. We also tour this significant museum with its bronze Charioteer. After lunch and free time we arrive late afternoon in Athens for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 9 – Athens: Acropolis, Areopagus, Agora
Our tour of Athens includes a visit to the Theater of Dionysios, Acropolis, Parthenon, Erectheion, Temple of Athena Nike, Propylaia, and Acropolis Museum. We also visit the Areopagus (Mar’s Hill) and examine the sermon of Paul to the Athenians. We visit the ancient Athenian agora and its museum. The afternoon brings us into the Plaka for a walking orientation of this historic district. Overnight Athens. (B,L)
Day 10 – Corinth
Crossing the Isthmian Canal we visit ancient Corinth where we see the Temple of Apollo, agora, bema, Peirene Fountain, and Stoa. While in the agora we celebrate the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11) and spend time in worship. We also examine Paul’s cultural context of life in the urban centers of the Roman world. Students are then free to hike through the ruins of an ancient Venetian castle on the Acrocorinth. Overnight in Athens. (B,L)
Day 11 – Greek Island Cruise
Today we set out on the blue waters of the Aegean for a day cruise to the picturesque islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina. (B,L)
Day 12 – Athens: Evangelical Church
In the morning, we attend a service at the 1st Evangelical Church of Athens. Schedules permitting, we meet with the pastor and members of the church to learn about the Evangelical church in Greece and join together in fellowship. Overnight Athens. (B)
Day 13 – Athens: Classical and Modern
We continue our tour of Athens with a visit to the Pan Athenian Stadium, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Overnight Athens. (B)
Day 14 – Athens: Free Day
Free Day. In the evening we convene for a final group dinner in the Plaka to say “andio” to Greece. Overnight Athens. (B,D)
Day 15 – Rome: Classical Rome
After an early morning flight to Rome, we check into our hotel in the Old City of Rome.Today we see the heart of the great Roman Empire and examine its impact on the life and ministry of Paul. We tour the Palatine Hill, home of the Roman Emperors, before visiting the forum and its many sites: the arches of Titus and Septimius Severus, Regia, Temple of the Vestal Virgins, rostra, senate chamber, and much more. We then visit the arch of Constantine before entering the world famous Coliseum where we examine the plight of the Christian martyrs. We continue to the Pantheon, one of the crowning achievements of Roman architecture that still stands to this day. (B)
Day 16 – Rome: Christian Rome
We make our way to the Catacombs and explore these underground burial sites. We then visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran, one of the four major basilicas of Rome and the ecclesiastical seat of the Pope. Continuing our studies in the life of Paul, we visit the basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls built over the site of Paul's tomb. (B,L)
Day 17 – Rome: Vatican City
Today we visit the Vatican City and the Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling frecos and the Last Judgment. We end the day in St. Peter’s Basilica and Square and view Michelangelo's "Pieta." (B,L,D)
Day 18 – Assisi
Today we make our way to the Umbrian town of Assisi, home to the Catholic Saint Francis. We begin our tour at the Basilica of St. Claire, one of Francis' first followers and the founder of the Order of Poor Ladies. After making our way through the small town, we tour the Basilical of St. Francis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, adorned with frescoes by Giotto.
Day 19 – Rome: Free Day
Free day. In the evening we have a final session before a celebratory group dinner. (B)
Day 20 – Departure
Depart Rome, arrive USA. (B)