Biblical Knowledge, Faith Enhancement and Ministry Enrichment

The Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies is a non-profit organization that seeks to expand Biblical knowledge through its travel/study programs and archaeological excavations. The Land is Our Classroom!

Join us and develop a new appreciation of:

  • the land and its contributions to a better understanding of the scriptures

  • the Jewishness of Jesus

  • customs and traditions of Judaism

  • the study of archaeology and its contributions to biblical study

  • and gain a better understanding of the contemporary situation in the Holy Land today.


The Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies began in 1980 through the inspiration of Dr. Jim Ridgway, founder and President of Educational Opportunities, Inc., a non-profit Christian travel ministry located in Lakeland, Florida. The original purpose was to offer pastors travel/study programs to the Holy Land, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Rome for the enrichment of their ministry. These programs provided active academic learning within a geographic, cultural, archaeological, and Biblical context.

The Center later made its travel/study programs available to church laity and to the academic community including colleges, universities, seminaries, and graduate schools. Many academic leaders have partnered with JCBS to give their students exciting educational experiences. 

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Educational Opportunities Tours Inc., Tours  Operators & Promoters, Mulberry, FL