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Course Description: This course is aimed at exploring the differing, and often contested, geographies of the “holy land” to three principal ends: to introduce students to the culture and history of biblical (Iron Age) Israel and Judah through the lens of geography and to the ongoing political and religious significance of this geography for Israelis and Palestinians, on the one hand, and for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, on the other; and to explore the role that geography plays in the formation of ethnic, religious, and political identities. Implications of this kind of learning for the teaching of Bible in church and academy will be featured.

This trip was originally scheduled for January 2009, but was postponed due to the conflict in Gaza. Below you will find pictures and brief biographies of each of the sixteen participants on the trip. Six of the original class members, whose insight and knowledge in class discussions were invaluable, elected not to come on the rescheduled itinerary; their pictures and bios are at the end.

Trip Participants

Dr. Chip Dobbs-Allsopp
Princeton, NJ
Associate Professor
of Old Testament
Presbyterian

Chip Gordon Dr. Gordon Mikoski
Princeton, NJ
Assistant Professor
of Christian Education
Presbyterian

Jordan Burdge
Pennsburg, PA
M.Div Senior

jordan Caroline

Caroline East
M.Div Senior
Presbyterian

Daniel Escher
Bellingham, WA
M.Div Senior
Presbyterian

Daniel E Unknown

Jenny Gragg
Coral Gables, FL
M.Div Junior

Emma Hayes
Christiansburg, VA
M.Div Middler

Emma Sarah

Sarah Henkel
Secaucus, NJ
M.Div Senior
Presbyterian

Ronell Howard
Brooklyn, NY
M.Div Middler

Ronell Kathy

Kathy Joy Kihlstrom
Santa Barbara, CA
M.Div Senior
Presbyterian

Paul Kurtz
Peoria, IL
M.Div Middler
Episcopalian

Paul matt Matt Nickel
Grosse Pointe, MI
M.Div Senior
Presbyterian

Jimmy Ross
Lake Forest, IL
M.A. Senior
Episcopalian

jimmy Ryan on a river

Ryan Timpte
Arlington, TX
Third Year Dual-Degree
Lutheran/C&MA

Miriam Todd
Overland Park, KS
M.Div Middler

Miriam Semaj

Semaj Vanzant
New Orleans, LA
M.Div Senior

Class Participants

Marc Choi
M.Div Middler

Marc Melinda

Melinda Hall
Goshen, KY
M.Div Middler
Episcopalian

Sarah Killelea
Newport Beach, CA
M.Div Senior

Sarah Daniel M Daniel Moorhead
Santa Barbara, CA
M.Div Senior
Baptist

Colleen Nelson
Colorado Springs, CO
M.Div Senior

Unknown Unknown Chanel Speaks
Third Year Dual-Degree
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