Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Students,

I would like to invite you to join me on a very exciting learning opportunity. I will be hosting a trip to Israel in February 2020. It is sponsored by Wycliffe College but it is open to non-students as well. Please consider joining me on this special occasion. I would love to have the opportunity to share with you in the Holy Land. 

We will visit the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and so much more. To travel the land of the Bible, to read, and to discuss the events of the Bible where they took place is an unforgettable experience. Historical insights and inspirational fellowship will encourage your heart, strengthen your faith and deepen your walk with our Lord.

Dr. Steve Notley will serve as our guide in Israel. He is a gifted teacher and is considered to be a leading New Testament scholar with special expertise in Ancient Jewish and Christian Origins. You will certainly find his guiding and instruction a wonderful contribution to your understanding of scripture. With geography, history, archaeology and culture as our resources, the land and people of ancient and modern Israel will become more meaningful, and even provide life applications for us who live in a world far, far removed from Old Testament and New Testament Israel.  

This is going to be an exciting adventure for all of us. We will all learn and grow in so many different avenues of our life. I cannot wait to share this opportunity with you. 

Mark your calendar and join me if you can. It will be great to have you along. 

Wanda Malcolm
Professor of Pastoral Psychology


Some of you are familiar with Dr. Notley, but those of you that have not meet him, Dr. R. Steven Notley is Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins on the New York City campus of Nyack College (2001-present) and director of the graduate programs in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins. He received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University, where he studied with the late Professor David Flusser. Dr. Notley lived sixteen years in Jerusalem with his wife and four children, during which time he was the founding chair of the New Testament Studies program at the Jerusalem University College. He has been directing groups of students and laypeople to Israel and the eastern Mediterranean region for over 25 years. He is the author of many books and articles. He continues collaborative research and publication with Israeli scholars in the fields of historical geography, ancient Judaism and Christian origins. Among his list of publications, he co-authored with Flusser the historical biography, The Sage from Galilee: Rediscovering Jesus’ Genius (Eerdmans 2007); with Professor Anson Rainey (Tel Aviv University) the monumental biblical atlas, The Sacred Bridge: Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World (Carta Publishing 2005, 2014); with Professor Ze’ev Safrai (Bar Ilan University) an annotated translation of Eusebius’ important description of Roman Palestine, Eusebius, Onomasticon: A Triglott Edition with Notes and Commentary (Brill 2005). Recently he rejoined Safrai for their second work, a pioneering collection and translation of the earliest rabbinic parables that provide the literary and religious context for the parables of Jesus, The Parables of the Sages (Carta 2011). Dr. Notley is also the Academic Director of the El-Araj Excavation Project. This excavation is taking place on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. 


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  • "This trip has certainly made me want to plan to go again, and again, and again. I thought it would be a once in a lifetime trip, but now I’m thinking of it as a repetitive experience if I can work it out. I appreciated the opportunity to swim and experience the various waters and beautiful places – these were very special “in the moment” times/experiences in the Holy Land, which balanced the historical aspects we were getting. The accommodations were wonderful. I think I can speak for all of us in that we felt cared for and that our needs and comfort was being taken care of at all times."
    D.P., Israel Trip