In our most recent trip, students traveled to Russia to study church history, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Russian culture. Students explored the cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow, visiting numerous sites, including St. Basil's Cathedral in the Red Square, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Hermitage, the Russian Museum and numerous protestant churches throughout St. Petersburg.
Students also had the opportunity to participate in a tour of an Orthodox seminary led by a Russian Orthodox priest. Classes focused on the history of the church and the changes that resulted from the aftermath of the Great Schism as well as Russian culture.
View a slideshow of photos from the trip.
LETU Biblical Studies majors did more than open the Old Testament to get a feel for ancient culture – on Spring Break 2010 they traveled to the source as part of their Physical Settings of the Bible course. Students and faculty took in Mount Carmel and the Sea of Galilee, and journeyed to Jerusalem, Jordan, Capernaum, Megiddo, Masada and more.
Honors students also got in on the global goodness with a course about the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Sure there was some preliminary reading, on-site presentations and post-trip assignments, but with daily falafel and hummus fixes and destinations like the Dome of the Rock to take in, what’s not to love?
Students traveled the basic route of the exodus and wilderness wandering. Students visited Cairo, the pyramids of Giza, the step pyramid at Saqqara, Succoth in the area of Goshen, the Sinai desert, St. Catherine’s monastery, the traditional site of Mt. Sinai, the Red Sea, the ancient area of Edom and Moab, Mt. Nebo, Amman, and Gadarea.
The students sailed on the Nile, crawled through tunnels to reach the tombs in pyramids, rode camels to the top of Mt. Sinai, watched the sun rise over Sinai, climbed sand dunes in Wadi Rum, and looked into the Promised Land from Mt. Nebo.
The students visited many of the sites of Paul’s missionary journeys as well as five of the seven churches of Revelation. The students also explored the historical sites of Istanbul, Troy, and Hattusha (the capital of the ancient Hittite Empire). The students learned much about the biblical sites, but they also learned much about the Byzantines, Ottomans, and Islam.