Saturday, February 21, 2009

Yep, I Want To Go There

I'm trying to get accepted to the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. I compiled a summary of the general awesomeness of the program for your viewing pleasure. All students take these courses:

Old Testament Studies
New Testament Studies of the Gospels
Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Arab and Islamic Civilization
Israeli and Jewish Civilization
Jerusalem Center Field Trips
Arabic 100 or Hebrew 100
Forum: special lectures
The faculty includes Israeli, Palestinian, and American professors.
The Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies

The Gate

"Once a week, all of the students gather in the forum to hear a guest speaker from the local community speak on contemporary issues of interest. "

The Center won many architectural awards.


Olive Tree
The Center is built on "pylons that extend to the bedrock of the Mount of Olives" and it is surrounded by gardens that "feature shrubs, flowers, and herbs mentioned in the Bible, an aged olive tree, and olive and grape presses."

The Center overlooks the Old City.

Front Entrance

And the best part:
"At least once a week, students take day-long field trips to important biblical, historical, cultural, or archeological sites. In addition, students take extended field trips to the Sinai and Jordan and spend two to three week at Engev in Galilee."
I want to go.


At February 22, 2009 at 6:05 AM, Anonymous Tom said...

Good luck getting into the Jerusalem Center. You will love it.

At February 22, 2009 at 10:52 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Wow. That looks like a great experience/ place/ program... good luck.

At February 25, 2009 at 10:46 AM, Blogger Janel said...

I want you to go to there too.

Really that would be so exciting.

At February 25, 2009 at 5:56 PM, Blogger Miranda W. said...

I had a friend go on that. She loved it. good luck. We may be moving to Rexburg at the end of the summer. How awesome would that be?

At February 26, 2009 at 7:54 PM, Blogger Toast Habit said...

Eww. Having second thoughts now?

At February 27, 2009 at 1:32 AM, Blogger Carrie said...

Thanks for the encouragement, everyone (but Toasty)!

Toasty, I think you missed an important detail from one of the links you posted: "A mahogany Jerusalem the second largest insect species known IN CALIFORNIA -- this one's body is 50mm long. Photographed in the wild (on a paved road) IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA."

That means that you will be closer to that particular monster and all of his little monster babies than I will. Ka-BLAM!

But, seriously, he's kinda cute.

Miranda, that would be awesome! Will you be up here before then for a visit? Do you have my number? I'll see you on Facebook, Missy. We have some things to discuss.

At March 17, 2009 at 1:23 PM, Anonymous Julia said...

At least ONE of my siblings is fulfilling their blogging responsibilities. I do not have any such responsibilities since I don't have a blog. Ha! I wanted to go to Jerusalem when I was at BYU but they shut it down for a while because of unrest in the area. Bummer. Having you go will be even better than me going, though. Then I can see everything through your pictures and not have to spend the money. Whoohoo!

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