Study Tour of the Biblical Lands (Old Testament)


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 Old 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.


BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent


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


  • one 1,000-word report (essay plan and bibliography) 10%
  • one 6,000-word essay 90%
  • one 7,000-word equivalent learning resource 100%
  • one 8,000-word equivalent journal 100%
  • one 2,500-word report (on OT site) 30%
  • one 4,500-word essay 70%
  • one 2,000-word report (on OT site) 30%
  • one 5,000-word equivalent learning resource 70%


  • Aharoni, Yohanan. The Land of the Bible: A Historical Geography. Edited and translated by A. F. Rainey. London: Burns & Oates, 1966.
  • Avi-Yonah, Michael. The Holy Land, from the Persian to the Arab Conquest (536BC–AD640): A Historical Geography. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids, MN: Baker Books, 1977.
  • Bimson, John J., ed. Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Bible Places: Towns and Cities, Countries and States, Archaeology and Topography. Leicester: InterVarsity, 1995.
  • Dever, William G. Lifestyles of the Poor and Common: What the Bible and Archaeology Tell Us About Everyday Life in Ancient Israel. Grand Rapids, MN: William B. Eerdmans, 2012.
  • ———. Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From? Grand Rapids, MN: William B. Eerdmans, 2003.
  • Dayagi-Mendeles, Mikhal, and Silvia Rozenberg, eds. Chronicles of the Land: Archaeology in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. 2nd ed. Jerusalem: Israel Museum, 2011.
  • Hoppe, Leslie J. What Are They Saying About Biblical Archaeology? New York: Paulist, 1984.
  • Magness, Jodi. The Archaeology of the Holy Land: From the Destruction of Solomon’s Temple to the Muslim Conquest. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Murphy-O’Connor, Jerome. The Holy Land. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Thomas, David. W., ed. Archaeology and Old Testament Study: Jubilee Volume of the Society for Old Testament Study 1917–1967. Oxford: Clarendon, 1967.