This study tour will involve traditional class time (lectures and tutorials) brought to life by multimedia resources, field trips and hands-on learning delivered through the unique experience of your Roman surroundings.
Study tour highlights:
Opportunities to examine ancient Greek manuscripts of the New Testament up close and personal.
Immersive field experience of archaeological work at Ostia.
Opportunities to participate in augmented reality whilst on site in Rome.
Ancient Roman coin handling session with one of the largest and most prestigious collections from antiquity.
Topics covered will include:
An overview of the history of the relationship of archaeology and Biblical Studies.
An introduction to the main techniques and theory of archaeological practice.
A survey of major relevant excavations relevant to the social and cultural milieu of the Bible and Early Christianity.
An examination of case studies in which archaeology and literary texts act as comparative sources of historical information.
Study tour leader
Dr Michael P. Theophilos is senior lecturer in Biblical Studies and Ancient Languages in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.
He is currently writing a volume for the Papyrologische Kommentare zum Neuen Testament [Papyrological Commentary on the New Testament] series, to be published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen. This work, and much of his research, focuses on the corpus of Greek papyri, ostraca and tablets that are able to illuminate the historical, social and linguistic context of the New Testament. He is also writing a monograph on the use of numismatic inscriptions in Greek lexicography.
Dr Theophilos has lectured in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In 2012 he was awarded the Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for the adoption of innovative and exciting approaches to teaching biblical languages and history.