An Overview of

The Institute of Biblical Israel


SHALOM! Are you a student of the Bible who desires to go deeper into God’s Word? Do you long to understand the many stories of the Bible in the context of the land of Israel?  Perhaps you have been blessed to have visited Israel yourself. If you have, then you know what we mean about having the Bible come alive in spectacular ways!  However, most Christians have not been to Israel and lack a first-hand encounter with the land. This is why The Institute of Biblical Israel can help you understand the Bible at a life-changing level. The first course, Physical Settings of the Bible, is now being offered!

This is why we here at BIMT are excited to partner with The Institute of Biblical IsraelIn fact, our very own director, Dr. John DeLancey, has launched this on-line opportunity for you to take Bible courses that are carefully designed help you learn God’s Word in the context of the land. The ultimate purpose of The Institute of Biblical Israel is to help equip you with a deeper knowledge of the Bible, the land, and ultimately what it means to live out your faith in Christ!

Watch a 6 minute Preview (prepared by Dr. John) of the “Physical Settings of the Bible” course below. Click the button to go directly to The Institute and start this first course!

Drone pic of Zin Desert
 Sea of Galilee
 Sea of Galilee

Our First Course – “Physical Settings of the Bible”


We are excited to announce that the first course is called “Physical Settings of the Bible.” The intent and design of the course taught by Dr. John Delancey will be to introduce you to the geography, topography, and the regions of the land of Israel. The country is unique in many ways. It is complete with high mountains, low valleys, hills, and deserts. Israel has the lowest place on earth (the Dead Sea at 1,400 below sea level), yet about 120 miles north of the Dead Sea Israel has a 7,200+ foot mountain that is snow-capped half of the year!

So the teaching sessions created for this opening course will help you learn the land. After all, the land served as the playing board for most of the Bible. And getting to know the playing board of the Bible is an important part of learning the Bible! It’s no different than learning to play the game of Monopoly or Chess. Before you can play the game, you first need to know how the board is set up. It’s the same for learning the Bible in context.

The course is designed to have you take the classes at your leisure. There are no deadlines or time-schedules to complete any of the classes. You simply engage in these video lectures at your own pace! As you walk through each class, I will be always available for any questions or comments you may want to share. I will also be setting up occasional Zoom “Q & A” sessions along the way.

The Physical Settings of the Bible course will consist of 14 total sessions:

  • 7 individual lecture sessions totaling about 3.8 hours of teaching. The sessions are as follows:
    • Introduction (22 minutes)
    • Regions of the Land 1 (43 minutes)
    • Regions of the Land 2 (25 minutes)
    • Regions of the Land 3 (27 minutes)
    • Routes & Ancient Cities 1 (45 minutes)
    • Routes & Ancient Cities 2 (29 minutes)
    • Routes, Ancient Cities & Water (42 minutes)
  • 7 Map-Marking sessions totaling 3.7 hours of teaching. We will be using the Regions on the Run & Map Set from Biblical Backgrounds. You will need to purchase your own set of 7 maps if you want to mark your own maps. Other than being in the land on an Israel study tour with Dr. John, this is the very best way to learn the land. Go HERE to purchase your set of maps. The cost for the Regions on the Run & Map Set is $48.00. The maps can be purchased alone HERE for $21.00 (plus $8.05 shipping).  Please know that you can also simply follow Dr. John’s own map-marking if you decide not to purchase the map set.  The sessions are as follows:
    • Map Marking 1 (38 minutes)
    • Map Marking 2 (31 minutes)
    • Map Marking 3 (33 minutes)
    • Map Marking 4 (25 minutes)
    • Map Marking 5 (38 minutes)
    • Map Marking 6 (39 minutes)
    • Map Marking 7 (28 minutes)

Most of the biblical stories we read about took place somewhere on the land, whether we talking about Abraham, Joshua, David, or Jesus! We will also study the topography in such a way that you’ll become familiar with the natural routes and passes within the land. We will also introduce some of the Biblical cities that were positioned on these routes  for strategic purposes. You are going to have fun as we help you connect the dots between the land and the Bible!


Facts & Details about The Institute


The idea of The Institute of Biblical Israel has been percolating in the heart of Dr. John for a few years now. This on-line school has been created for the serious Bible student who wants to explore deeper about the Bible in context. While The Institute is not a degree program, we hope it will serve as a wonderful opportunity to people around the world to take classes related to the Bible. Many people (perhaps you?) cannot or will never attend a Bible College or seminary of any kind, yet they yearn for a formal academically-oriented experience. We are confident that The Institute will provide such an learning experience! We hope everyone, from lay people who serve God’s church to pastors alike, take advantage of out eye-opening teaching.

This on-line teaching has been created through the Thinkific platform. This platform is leading the way with on-line instruction around the world. We have been impressed with what Thinkific offers the students and instructors alike. Once you sign up for the course, you will have full access to watching these classes at your leisure. A few resources are available for download. Other resources through BIMT (such as topography maps, drone videos, aerial photos, and Dr. John’s book) are also all available for purchase through the BIMT web site store.

Click below to go directly to The Institute!



The Cost of the “Physical Settings of the Bible” Course

Given the time involved to create these courses and the expertise Dr. John shares with the students, there is a registration fee for each course. The normal cost for a class similar with cutting edge to this is $150 – $300 dollars. However, the cost has already been reduced from $159.00 to just $89.00. We want the course to be affordable to everyone.

A BONUS discount: Yet for those who either have been on one of Dr. DeLancey’s BIMT study tours in the past or have signed up already for a future tour, a further reduced rate of $49.00 is offered. In fact, the discount goes even wider than this. Anyone who has ever traveled to Israel or are signed up for an Israel trip through imagine Tours & Travel, this discounted price applies to you as well! Additionally, if you are pastor and/or are involved in full-time Christian ministry of the church, I warmly extend this discount to you as well! We want this course to enhance your ministry and be a blessing to you as well! Just contact Dr. John DeLancey ( and a special coupon will be emailed back to you. You will use this coupon at checkout as you register for the course!

For those who have been to Israel, this course will be a wonderful follow-up to your experience. For those signed up for a trip, this will be a beneficial way of preparing for your tour. The course can be paid for by credit card (secure through Stripe) or by PayPal. All funds are in US dollars.

This initial “Physical Settings” course includes 14 video classes to which you have unlimited access. You will enjoy the personal teaching of Dr. John. He is an outstanding teacher who knows the land of Israel well. He is available to answer any questions you may have as you take each class. Specific personal Zoom conferences will be scheduled to allow for interaction with the material. You will have personal access to Dr. John through email and these occasional Zoom encounters!

Currently, we are working on producing other courses. They will be:

  • “Dig It – Biblical Archaeology” (about a 1/3rd finished)
  • The Hebraic Background of Yeshua/Jesus
  • Biblical Stories Come to Life


We are thrilled to offer The Institute of Biblical Israel to you!



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