History of UHL

UHL was founded as The Center for the Study of Early Christianity (CSEC) in 1986 and incorporated in the State of California in 1987. Its aim was "to provide a study environment in which an individual can explore the origins of the Christian faith." CSEC gradually developed into an academic research center offering a variety of masters-level programs with appropriate degrees, a research Ph.D., as well as short-term programs.  In keeping with the modern trend to designate smaller institutions that offer diverse programs of study and research as universities, in 1997 CSEC adopted the title of the University of the Holy Land (UHL).

UHL at-a-Glance

*Degrees accredited by the Asia Theological Association.

*Graduate school offering Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Divinity and Research Ph.D. in select fields: Archaeology, Biblical Studies and History, Early Christian History and Theology, and Intercultural Studies.

*Member school of the American Schools of Oriental Research and of KAICAM (the Korean Association of Independent Churches and Missions).

*Sister-school relationships with the Rothberg International School (since 1990), the Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française (since 2002), and Seoul Theological Seminary (since 2006), allowing cross-registration and faculty exchange.

*Licensed by the Israel Antiquities Authority to conduct the Nazareth Farm Excavations from 1997-2000, under the direction of Ross Voss and Stephen Pfann. Full final excavation report published as ‘Surveys and Excavations at the Nazareth Village Farm (1997-2002): Final Report,’ by S. Pfann with R. Voss and Y. Rapuano, in the Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 25 (2007) 19-80.