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Loyola University: World Literature – The Bible as Literature in the Land of Israel


  • See the literature of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament come to life.
  • Experience a 14-day academic excursion throughout Jerusalem and Israel.
  • Explore Israel’s cultural diversity through a variety of trips, tours, and activities.

Designed in partnership with Loyola University Chicago, this program focuses on studying the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament as literature while traveling through the Jewish and Christian Quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem. You’ll visit the Israel Museum, Yad Vashem, the Dead Sea, and Tel Aviv, and attend both Jewish and Christian prayers.

The course covers key passages in the Hebrew Bible (Tanach) and the Christian New Testament in relation to the biblical ideas of the Land of Israel and the holiness of Jerusalem.


The course is made up of daily lectures and a series of field trips throughout Jerusalem and Israel.

Course Components 

  • Study of key biblical stories from Genesis, Exodus, Samuel 1 and 2, the four Gospels, and Acts, as well as the poetry of Psalms and the prophets
  • Excursions to the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Day trips to Masada, the Dead Sea, and Tel Aviv
  • Creation of a digital portfolio illustrating reflections on the course

For additional information and for the program syllabus, visit Loyola’s program page.

While residing in HebrewU dormitories with other international and Israeli students, you’ll have a chance to form new friendships and get involved in campus life. A team of multilingual Israeli students, called madrichim, will help you adjust to your new surroundings and give you tips on things to do. Learn more about student life at HebrewU.

Apply by: See Loyola’s website.
Arrive on campus: December 30, 2019
Program dates: December 30, 2019 – January 9, 2020
Program length: Two weeks

For full details on cost, please see Loyola’s website

  • Full time, degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • Age 18 or above before the start of the study abroad term
  • 24 semester credits completed prior to attending (12 for transfer students)
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above


For more details on the program and to apply, please refer to Loyola’s application page.


For more information, contact Loyola’s Office for International Programs at studyabroad@luc.edu or +1 (773) 508 3899, or contact Dr. Wiley Feinstein at wfeinst@luc.edu.

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Fast Facts


World Literature: The Bible as Literature in the Land of Israel

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Academic hours: 45
Credits: 3

Course Dates:

December 30, 2019 – January 9, 2020


Full time, degree-seeking undergraduate student; 24+ credits; minimum 2.5 GPA

Application Deadline:

See Loyola’s website.


For full details on cost, please see Loyola’s website.

Relevant Academic Fields:

Literature, Culture

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