Academic study trips
(both undergraduate and graduate level; 3 credits)
are offered during the summer months and
occasionally between regular semesters.
“The world is a great book, of which they who never stir from
home read only a page.”
- Augustine (AD 354-430)
for more information.
Course Offerings at IBEX
IBEX300 The Land & the Bible (4)
A regionally based geographic study of the land
with an emphasis on the biblical period.
Attention is given to the inter-relationship of
geography and geology to history and the subsequent
development of civilization in the various regions.
Regions studied include Judea, Samaria, Dead Sea,
Jordan Rift, Galilee, Golan, Jezreel, Negev, and the
Coastal district. (Required of all semester IBEX
IBEX304 Historical Geography of the Bible (4)
An advanced seminar on historical aspects of biblical
geography. This course examines the historical
geography of the land of Israel with attention
to regional structure and the development of
communication lines. Emphasis is placed on historical
aspects of site location including discussions
of biblical and epigraphical documentation,
archaeological evidences, and toponymy.
IBEX300 and previous IBEX semester experience.
IBEX307 Regional Studies-Israel (3)
A field-based seminar focusing on historical,
geographical, cultural, and archeological aspects of
selected regions in the land of Israel, designed to
supplement those covered in IBEX300.
Rigorous hiking, ability to read Hebrew place names on
topographic maps, and extensive field work mandatory for
class participation. Limited Enrollment.
IBEX311 Biblical Hebrew (4)
An introduction to grammar, syntax, and vocabulary
of Biblical Hebrew. Attention is given to translation
and reading skills (IBEX311 parallels BL311,
Elementary Hebrew I, at TMC).
IBEX312 Modern Hebrew (3)
An introduction to modern Hebrew with attention
to reading and conversation skills.
IBEX320 Jewish Thought & Culture (3)
A study of Jewish thought, literature, and culture
from the ancient to modern period. Social, political,
cultural, philosophical, and theological developments
and contributions will be considered.
IBEX330 History of the Modern State of Israel
A thematic study of the major issues concerned
with Jewish self-determination and the establishment
of the State of Israel. Topics include the rise of
Zionism, the British Mandate, the Holocaust and
anti-Semitism, socio-political status of the Jewish
people in the late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth
century, the 1948 war for independence, and the
subsequent Arab-Israel conflicts.
IBEX333 Biblical Archaeology (3)
This course introduces students to the methodological
principles, procedures, discoveries, and research
resources for understanding the archaeology and
material culture of Bile lands. Attention will be given
to how the findings of archaeology can clarify and
illustrate the meaning and historical background of
biblical texts. Students will have opportunities to visit
excavation sites for hands-on field world.
IBEX337 Geographical Area Studies (3)
A field-based seminar on selected sites of historical,
geographical, cultural, and archaeological interest in
the Mediterranean region and the Middle East proper.
IBEX340 Modern Israeli Society (3)
This course is a field-based introduction to the
variety of ethnic, political, and religious expression
in Modern Israel and the disputed territories (Judea/
Samaria/West Bank). Through lectures and multiple
field trip days the student gains first-hand exposure
to the diverse (Jewish, Muslim, and Christian) cultural
life of Israeli society.
IBEX347 The Holocaust (3)
A historical, philosophical, and thematic
examination of the Jewish Holocaust from anti-
Semitic developments in the nineteenth century to
implications for the Jewish people today.