Welcome to the International Studies page of Nazareth Evangelical College (NEC)! As a local theological college dedicated to serving the Palestinian-Israeli community, we are seeking to develop relationships with the global Body of Christ. We are delighted to have you on our website. Let us just briefly introduce ourselves and then set out what we can do for you.
Who are we?
A unique institution
NEC is Israel’s only Arab-language theological college dedicated to serving the evangelical Palestinian-Israeli community. We have local PhD trained faculty with deep experience of the region; our students—indigenous pastors, church workers, and interested laity—come from across the evangelical church spectrum.
A unique land
NEC serves in a unique land. Israel is rightly an object of fascination due to its constant presence in international headlines, its unique connection with the Bible, its varied geography, and its rich, multifaceted history. There is hardly a place on earth where one can experience such geographical, cultural, religious, and political diversity in one small space.
A unique community
NEC is part of and serves the evangelical Palestinian-Israeli community. We are politically Israeli, yet our historical roots pre-date the state; we are culturally Palestinian, yet we have been touched by the global evangelical movement; we are a numerical minority with a vision to impact the region as a whole.
What can we offer our foreign guests?
We want you to discover NEC’s community and its context. Currently, there are two ways in which we can help facilitate this discovery:
- Lectures: Our PhD trained staff are knowledgeable in a number of fields touching on aspects of the evangelical Palestinian-Israeli community and its broader context in the region. Book any one of a number of lectures by our local faculty, either individually or strung together to form courses stretching over several days.
- Tour: Our lectures can be supplemented by a holistic tour of the region in which on-site theoretical input by our faculty is integrated into a tour of the region by a professional, local evangelical Arab guide.
Both sources of input are suitable for either non-academic interest groups as well as university students. Course content can be integrated into accredited courses in the students’ home institution.
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A short message from our academic dean
For more information, please contact the course director Dr. Philip Sumpter at email@example.com, or call us on +972(0) 4646 4898 between 8 a.m. and 13:00 p.m. during the week.