From Galilee to Jerusalem - The Gospel of Mark and the Kingdom of God. This Program is offered in Spanish.
January 11-26, 2024 - Facilitator: Dr. David Castillo
The Gospel of Mark is an exceptional text. It is not the most popular of the gospels, since it is usually held by Matthew for being the first of the canon of the Second Testament and possessor of the blessedness, or John, valued for its theological complexity. However, this short 16-chapter document is unique. It is the shortest exposition on the ministry of Jesus, and recounts his wanderings in a colorful and natural way, with a realism that recalls life in first-century Galilean society.
In Mark, Jesus inaugurates his ministry with the proclamation of the kingdom of God. This gospel thus becomes the gospel of the announcement of the Kingdom, of that new reality announced long ago by the prophets, taken up again by Jesus and characterized by the healing and saving intervention of God in history.
We will study the gospel of Mark in its literary, social and religious dimensions, following the journey of Jesus from the village of Nazareth and the city of Capernaum, at the beginning of his ministry, to his passion in Jerusalem. We will meet closely with the Book of the Bible, with the Land of Israel, and with the people of the book, seeking to illuminate our present walk based on the community study of the Marcan tradition.
Venue: The course will be based on the historic biblical house Ecce Homo, located on Via Dolorosa, in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem. The classrooms and study rooms are designed and equipped with intelligent technology to be able to make presentations and give talks. Accommodation is provided, generally in single rooms with private bathrooms, in the Ecce Homo Pilgrimhouse. The house has been described as a haven of tranquility and peace within the vibrant Old City.
Includes: Accomodation, all meals, Transportation to the different archaeological sites that we will visit.
Excursions and visits in Jerusalem: The Cenacle, The Wailing Wall, The Great Synagogue of Jerusalem, The Mount of Olives, The Via Dolorosa, The Mount of the Temple, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the City of David, the Holocaust Museum, among others.
In Galilee: Lake Galilee, Magdala, Sepphoris, Jordan River, Capernaum and Nazareth.• Other places: Masada, Caesarea Maritime, the area of the Dead Sea and Qumran.
Not included: Flights, airTravel/medical insurance, transfers airport - Ecce Homo-airport
Center for Judeo-Christian Studies and Relations (CERJUC, Costa Rica) and the NDS Centre for Biblical Studies (CBF, Jerusalem)
Information and registration: Seidy Chaves • Telephone 506-2236-9693 / 506 -8924-1103 • email@example.com
Dr. David Castillo
I am Costa Rican, from a Protestant background. Through my studies and work I have had an ecumenical experience within different Christian movements. I currently work as part of the Bible team at the Center for Judeo-Christian Studies and Relations of the Nuestra Señora de Sion congregation in San José, Costa Rica. There I am in charge of biblical formation and administrative tasks. Additionally, I work part-time at the Latin American Bible University in San José, Costa Rica, as a Bible professor. I recently completed doctoral studies in the Old Testament area at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa, where I had also completed of Master's I am a graduate in the area of Biblical Studies from the Latin American Biblical University, and graduated from the Academic Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of Costa Rica.