Spring 2016 Online


Hi! My name is Cynthia Shafer-Elliott and I am an Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Archaeology at William Jessup University. I specialize in the historical and cultural contexts of ancient Israel and I am also an an experienced field archaeologist. In fact, I teach a class for WJU in Israel where students learn how to excavate and how archaeology helps us understand the Bible better.

I am particularly excited about this course on the book of Jeremiah because of how well it can be applied to our own lives. The book of Jeremiah can be seen as “survival literature” and was used to help the people of Judah survive a massive trauma - the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. Throughout the course, we will apply the theme of survival and Jeremiah as survival literature to our own global crises. I will be here to guide you on this journey as we delve into the book of Jeremiah. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or need some further clarification.

The best place to begin is by downloading the course syllabus and reading it carefully. Then, be sure to work through the Jessup Online Orientation so you will be completely prepared to start our class on Day 1. Finally, please tell us something about yourself in the Introductions Forum. It would be helpful for me to know what type of interaction you’ve had with the book of Jeremiah, if any at all. If there is anything related to the Old Testament or ancient Israel that you would like to discuss, please include that in your Introduction Forum as well.

I am looking forward to being on this journey with you! Again, please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.



Cynthia Shafer-Elliott