Milligan professors plan European tour to see world-renowned passion play

Milligan College, TN (Dec. 12, 2008) — Milligan College will offer an 11-day “Splendors of Eastern Europe” tour, which includes the world-renowned passion play in Oberammergau, Germany, as an opportunity for travel with an option for academic credit during the summer of 2010. Dr. Lee Magness, professor of Bible at Milligan, along with his wife, Dr. Pat Magness, professor of humanities, will lead the tour.

In 1633 when the bubonic plague swept Europe, the citizens of Oberammergau made a solemn vow to God that if their lives were spared, out of gratitude, they would present a play depicting the life and suffering of Christ for the duration of their existence. Miraculously, the plague took no more lives in the town. True to their word, the villagers performed their first play in 1634 and have continued to do so every 10 years.

Oberammergau’s passion play, the longest-running play in history, features more than 2,000 actors, singers, instrumentalists and stage technicians that bring the play to life in approximately six hours of playing time. The year 2010 marks the 41st time the story will be presented in Oberammergau.

The tour also includes visits to Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna and Munich.

Reservations must be made soon to ensure availability. For more information, contact Pat Magness at, or call 423.543.6427.

Posted by on December 12, 2008.