The program will provide a broad, multi-disciplinary view of the history, culture, and politics of ancient and modern Israel, from various perspectives.
The program will begin with a two-week intensive course consisting of active participation in an archaeological excavation. The excavations take place at Tell es-Safi/Gath, directed by Prof. Aren Maier, and students will join the academic field school conducted on-site. Thereafter, for three weeks, students participate in three courses integrating frontal lectures given by leading researchers and field trips led by these researchers. The courses cover:
- Biblical Israel – history, and geography
- The City of Jerusalem – from its foundation to the Romans
- Modern Israeli society
Each course consists of five days involving lectures and discussions, and one day of the field trip.
The program will provide tools and knowledge to build a broad and balanced perspective on the current political and cultural situation in Israel, based on a knowledge of the history, archaeology, and culture of the past. Students will learn basic concepts in the history and archaeology of Israel, from antiquity until modern times; plus about theory and method in archaeology and history of Israel; will get practical experience in field archaeology; and will visit major sites.
Archaeology and History of the Ancient Land of Israel ·Biblical Archaeology field methods · Jerusalem’s fascinating history · Israeli society in its complexity ·
This Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between Onward Israel and Bar-Ilan University (The Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology).
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Students officially registered at Bar-Ilan will receive an official transcript; students registered through the project will receive a letter from the Bar-Ilan Dean of Students testifying that they have earned the credit.
Are you a student, healthy, and willing to work? Apply! This program is intended for undergraduate students in any field.
For applicants that meet Onward Israel requirements, Onward Israel will award a stipend towards the cost of the program.
The Onward Israel program is operated through a partnership between Onward Israel and Bar-Ilan University. Limited space is available.
Tuition and fees
Cost of the program: $2145. The cost includes accommodation, meals on campus, and a weekly trip to Israel. The cost includes accommodation, meals on-campus and during excavations, and a weekly trip to Israel.
The Program will take place between July 5th – August 12th, 2020.
About the School
Bar-Ilan University, founded in 1955, was one of the first comprehensive research universities to be established in Israel. From 70 students to 17,000, its milestone achievements in the sciences and ... Read More