The price for a semester in Israel (including tuition, full board, and field trip expenses) is the same as that of a TMU
student living on the California campus on a full meal program. Students are charged for airfare.
IBEX is a full semester abroad program, which provides a quality educational opportunity
for students who wish to enhance their geographical, historical, archaeological, and cultural understanding of the
land of Israel, both ancient and modern. Classroom lectures are integrated with frequent field trips; together,
these expose the student to the land and to every period of the history of the people of that land. The student’s
educational experience, as well as his/her personal maturation, is significantly enhanced by the cross-cultural
experience that the semester-abroad program provides.
Academic study trips (at both undergraduate and graduate levels; 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)
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Course Offerings at IBEX
IBEX300 The Land & the Bible (4)
A regionally based geographic study of the land of Israel with an emphasis on the biblical period. Attention is given to
the interrelationship 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 IBEX semester participants.)
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.
Prerequisites: 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.
Note: 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 TMU.)
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 (3)
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