Mini MOOC Course Offers Survey of the Lands of the Bible with Mark Vitalis Hoffman

SotLotB-logo.jpgNew Mini-MOOC course “like taking a tour through the history and lands of the Bible”

Interested in learning more about the Bible and how the land and the history and the practical realities of biblical life go together? “Survey of the Lands of the Bible” the new Mini-MOOC course offered by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and led by Mark Vitalis Hoffman aims to do just that. The course begins September 1, 2013 and concludes December 13.

MOOC stands for “massive, open, online course.” The online course uses interactive elements in addition to traditional course materials. “I just love teaching a class where the textbook is mostly maps, graphics, and photographs from biblical history” says The Rev. Dr. Vitalis Hoffman, Professor of Biblical Studies at Gettysburg Seminary. “This course will be the next best thing to actually visiting the Bible lands, and for some of the students, a study trip in January to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan will be just that!” Why “Mini?” This MOOC has limited registration.

This is a free, non-credit, online course open to anyone. No homework or reading is required, but those who wish to get the course textbook will be able to read along, join in the discussions, and gain the full benefit of main3---Copy.jpgthe course. Topics covered will include biblical geography, topology, culture, climate, flora and fauna, travel routes and archaeology. It will benefit both readers of the Bible and visitors to the biblical lands. It will increase understanding both of the biblical world and of the realities in those lands today. Enrollment is limited to 50 participants. Register today at: For questions about the course contact the Office of Admissions

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, the oldest of the eight seminaries of the 4.8 million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, prepares women and men to be outreach oriented public theologians and mission leaders. It provides programs in continuing studies, advanced theological education, and specialized educational programs for informed lay persons, ordained and other rostered leaders, and high school youth. More information is available at the Seminary’s web site: , by email at, or by calling (717) 334-6286.    


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