Study Tour of the Biblical Lands
(New Testament)


Dr Rosemary Canavan
Next tour 2022
sadly our 2020 tour has been cancelled in these uncertain times of the coronavirus
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.


  • second level: BS1001C and BS1002C or equivalent
  • third level: two Biblical Studies units at second level


  • pre-tour sessions, study tour, assessment completed in June 2021.
  • overall span September 2020 to June 2021.


second level
  • one 1,000-word report (on NT site) 25%
  • one 3,000-word essay 75%
third level
  • one 2,000-word report (on NT site) 40%
  • one 3,000-word essay or equivalent learning resource 60%


  • Bimson, John J., ed. Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Bible Places: Towns and Cities, Countries and States, Archaeology and Topography. Leicester: InterVarsity, 1995.
  • Crossan, John D., and Jonathan L. 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, 1986.
  • Hoppe, Leslie J. What Are They Saying About Biblical Archaeology? New York: Paulist, 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, 2000.