Summer 1999 Course:
Paul and His Writings (RL 408)
Summer II, June 1 &
done via cruise ship
on site in Greece and Turkey
Frequently Asked Questions:
revised 1 June 1999
- Where does this cruise go?
Sites for the
"Footsteps of St. Paul" cruise include Athens
(Piraeus), Corinth, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Patmos,
Kusadasi, Ephesus, Istanbul, Nicea, Nicomedia.
- I've heard of Greece, but what is so great about
Turkey anyway? That takes too long to answer! Click here.
- Who can take this class? As a 400-level class, undergraduates,
majors and graduate students all are able to take it for
credit. The only pre-requisite is the RL 101,
although it will not hurt to have studied the New
Testament beforehand. There will be additional
background reading for the graduate students, as well as
a longer final paper.
- Is it possible to take the course on a continuing
education basis? Absolutely. Contact the Office of Continuing Education
for details, or email them your registration.
- What will the course format
be? There will
be three primary components of the course:
- A preliminary
organizational and orientation meeting before we
leave for the cruise. This will take place
on Tuesday, June 1, from 5:30-8:00 pm at 14427
Washington Blvd, University Heights, Oh.
- There will be several
lectures and discussions during the cruise
itself, some from me (Dr. McGinn) and some from
other distinguished scholars of early
Christianity. Some lectures will be given
at specific archaeological sites -- like Athens,
Crete, Rhodes, Patmos, and Istanbul -- and others
will be given on board the ship.
- There also will be one
or two class meetings after we return, for
"de-briefing" and discussion of student
research. Dates and times for these are to
- What kind of examinations and/or
papers will you require papers from the students? I will require one major research
paper (about 15-20 pages for undergraduates; about 25-30
pages for graduate students). The paper will be due
around Monday of the fourth week after we return (i.e.,
the last week of Summer II). This will give
students some time to regain their land legs and to
complete the research and writing. I will be
available for consultation throughout July.
- What will it cost? 3 cr. hrs. tuition plus under $3000
ALL INCLUSIVE -- that means the cruise, land excursions,
meals, port fees, the first night's hotel stay in Athens,
and round trip air fare from Cleveland to Athens.
This price is based on utilizing the tentative
reservations that I have for the class E cabins on board
and making sure your fare is paid 60 days in advance.
- Can I really afford this course?
Yes! Given the number and quality of scholars of early Christianity who are sponsoring this trip, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime
experience. If you think money might pose a problem, let's
talk about what options are available.
Can you really afford NOT to take this course?
Of course, I will work
out more details in the near future, but this is where it stands
Let me know if you have any
ON TO ATHENS!