Study Tour of the Biblical Lands (New Testament):


Dr Rosemary Canavan (coordinator)
Rev. Anthony Dean CM
Study Tour, 2020
mid-November — mid-December
This unit seeks to immerse students in the archaeological, geographical, historical, sociological, and theological context of the New Testament. Emphasis will be on reading the texts in places associated with their content and history. Special attention will be given to understanding and interpreting the text in light of all the data available in the sites and museums in dialogue with classical and contemporary biblical scholarship.

This unit is one of two complementary units, one focussing upon the Old Testament and the other focussing on the New Testament, that relate to the Study Tour of the Biblical Lands. Students may undertake both the Old and New Testament units in conjunction with this Tour or just one of the units at the appropriate level for their study.

Unit undertaken for credit will be completed in Semester 1 2019 and charged at 2019 rates.


BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent


intensive immersion experience in approximately 4-week study tour of the biblical lands with input from guides and lecturer enroute, includes 2 pre-tour sessions


  • Bimson, John J., ed. Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Bible Places: Towns and Cities, Countries and States, Archaeology and Topography. Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 1995.
  • Crossan, John D., and Jonathan Reed. Excavating Jesus: Beneath the Stones, Behind the Texts. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001.
  • ———. In Search of Paul: How Jesus’ Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom: The Quest to Understand his World and Words. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004. 
  • Finegan, Jack. The Archaeology of the New Testament: The Life of Jesus and the Beginning of the Early Church. Rev. ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.
  • Freyne, Sean. Jesus a Jewish Galilean: A New Reading of the Jesus-story. London: Clark International, 2004.
  • Fujita, Neil S. A Crack in the Jar: What Ancient Jewish Documents Tell Us about the New Testament. New York: Paulist Press, 1986.
  • Hoppe, Leslie J. What Are They Saying About Biblical Archaeology? New York: Paulist Press, 1984.
  • Murphy-O’Connor, Jerome. The Holy Land. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • ———. Keys to Jerusalem: Selected Essays. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Reed, Jonathan L. Archaeology and the Galilean Jesus: A Re-examination of the Evidence. Harrisburg: Trinity Press, 2000.