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Back from Turkey

Hello everyone! I am very pleased to return home safely (thank you God). This trip was part of a class I’m taking at Boston University so the ten days were packed with day trips, lectures, and study. Here was our itinerary (links go to pictures; for the short videos, click here):

Thursday (March 4)
-depart from Boston’s Logan Int’l. Airport @ 7:45pm

Trip to Ephesos

I am leaving for Turkey today. As many of you know I’m working towards a master’s degree at Boston University. As part of that program, a class is being offered where I am able to travel to ancient Ephesos (near modern Selçuk in Turkey) to study ancient Roman culture. One of the major benefits of studying these ancient ruins is to become acquainted with the kind of world that was present when Paul first preached the gospel there. Furthermore, since Epehesos was a major metropolis, the capital of the Roman province of Asia, it is representative of other imperial cities.

Dr. Ben Witherington III (BW3) is a prominent evangelical scholar who serves as the Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has written over thirty books, has done many radio interviews, and has appeared on quite a few mainstream TV shows as an expert on matters related to the New Testament. Furthermore, Dr. Witherington frequently writes on his blog and is often among the first to respond when challenges to Christianity emerge (i.e. the Talpiot tomb, the DaVinci Code, books by Ehrman, etc.).