During the Spring Break of 2010, the history department sponsored a trip of 24 students and three professors to Jerusalem, Cairo, and other surrounding cities.
Led by Drs. Heiser and Campbell as the second edition of the department’s Encounters Afar program, students met each week prior to the trip to study the history of Jerusalem from its ancient beginnings through the 20th century. In particular, the class focused on understanding why the city is so significant in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as the city’s key role in the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict.
While on their trip, the group traveled to many sites in and around Jerusalem, including Temple Mount, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Masada/Dead Sea, Mount of Olives, and the Tower of David. In addition, the group had the opportunity to travel into Palestinian-controlled territory on a trip to Bethlehem, and they also visited the nearby cities of Acre and Caesarea.
The group finished their trip with a brief excursion to Cairo, Egypt, where they visited the Giza Pyramids, Coptic Cairo, and the Islamic Bazaar.