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B300  The Land of the Bible 

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A visual study of the geography of the land of the Bible, including sites in the Old Testament, New Testament, and in modern Israel. The course will examine how the geography of the land provides the “stage” on which the events transpired and also how it became part of those very events. Relevant post-Biblical historical events and elements of Jewish culture will also be incorporated into the geographical study.

Textbooks:

  • The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, 5th edition, by Jerome Murphy-O'Conner                                                  
    ISBN#: 199236666
  • Jesus, A Visual History, by Donald Brake and Todd Bolen                                                    
    ISBN#: 310515378
  • The Satellite Bible Atlas, by William Schlegel                                                   
    ISBN#: 988427516

Instructor

Dr. Will Varner came to The Master's College in 1996 after seven years in the Pastorate and seventeen years of ministry with the Friends of Israel in New Jersey. The last ten of those years he served as Dean of their Institute of Biblical Studies, where he taught and led study tours to Israel. Dr. Varner received his M.A. from Dropsie College, both an M. Div. and Th.M. from Biblical Theological Seminary, and his Ed.D. from Temple University. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature, and has authored ten books, contributed to two others, and published over a hundred journal and periodical articles. He recently published an academic commentary on James.

In addition to teaching Bible Exposition and Greek Exegesis courses, Dr. Varner serves as Director of the College's IBEX semester in Israel program, a country he has visited over forty times. His Old Testament lectures richly benefit from his firsthand study of the sites and culture of Israel. In 1999, 2005, and 2011 Dr. Varner was honored as The Master's College "Teacher of the Year".