Theology and Philosophy

Jesus and the First Christians

A month long study tour in the Middle East, assisted by trained and accredited local archaeological guides, and led by Fr Michael Trainor from ACU's Adelaide Campus.

The in situ experience enables students to greater appreciate the cultural, social, historical and geographical milieu of the Bible and early Christianity, and the Abrahamic monotheistic religious traditions of Islam and Judaism.

Various religious sites are visited:

  • Jordan (Amman, Pella, Petra, Mt Nebo, Macchareus and Jerash)
  • Israel (Jerusalem, Negeb, Qumran and Galilee)
  • Turkey (Byzantium, Bursa and Nicea)

Participants deepen their understanding of the cultural and religious environment for reading the Bible, Paul’s influence on the development of early Christianity, and the complexity today of inter-religious dialogue and traditions.

Students studying the Master of Theological Studies can complete the study tour as part of the degree. In order to do so students need to enrol in THEL620 and THEL640 representing 20cp towards their degree. Students enrolled in other ACU postgraduate programs may also be eligible to take the tour for course credit and should consult their course rules or course coordinator.

Course fees are payable in addition to tour fees. The 2015 unit fee for THEL units is $1,800 (or $775 for those students who are auditing units).

Access the tour itinerary here.

Any enquiries regarding the tour can be directed to Rev Dr Michael Trainor via email.