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The Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute
for Jewish Studies

  archaeology of Religion in Antiquity program


In the summer of 2014, the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies will revive a long-standing Pepperdine tradition of taking Seaver students on an archaeological dig to Israel for REL 301 course credit. We will take 8 students to Hippos (Sussita), Israel, located on a mountaintop overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The objective of the trip will be to introduce students to the history, religion, and politics of Israel, as well as the methods of archaeology. Special attention will be given to inter-religious interactions, conflicts, and exchanges among neighboring Jews, Christians, and "Pagans," and its impact on religious self-definition in antiquity. The experience will afford students the opportunity to work, eat, and relax in community with other university students from Israel and beyond, allowing for the exchange of ideas and cultures. In the end, students will take away a greater knowledge of the context of early Judaism and Christianity, and a deeper familiarity with life in the Holy Lands.

Total Cost:

  • $3,950 (plus the standard cost of course credit)


  • Roundtrip airfare to Israel
  • Room and board
  • Weekend excursions
  • Excavation directed by world-renowned archaeologists, historians, and biblical scholars           

Application Deadline December 20, 2014


For more information please contact the course instructor,
Drew Billings,, 310-506-4164