Study tour focuses on Paulís journeys in Greece and Turkey
Participants in Briercrest‚Äôs upcoming Greece/Turkey study tour will get to see Scripture come to life.
‚ÄúI hope that people‚Äôs reading of the Bible will be transformed,‚ÄĚ David Miller, associate professor of New Testament and co-leader for the tour said.
Assistant professor of theology Kevin Daugherty, who is also one of the tour leaders, sees the opportunity of visiting Greece and Turkey as ‚Äúa double blessing‚ÄĚ.
‚ÄúNot only is the background of this area so important for the Bible,‚ÄĚ he explained. ‚ÄúI teach theology and early Christian theology developed in that part of the world too.‚ÄĚ
The tour scheduled for April 28-May 14 of 2013, focuses on Greco-Roman sites related to the journeys of Paul and the seven churches of Revelation.
‚ÄúMy understanding is that there are more and better preserved archeological remains from the Greco-Roman period in Turkey than there are in Greece,‚ÄĚ Miller said. ‚ÄúTurkey is huge. Paul walked all over the place. When he talks about the sufferings he endured ‚Äď although we‚Äôre going to be travelling on a tour bus ‚Äď we‚Äôll at least be able to imagine that better.‚ÄĚ
The idea for study tours came from students.
‚ÄúThe first Israel tour (in 2009) came about from a student chatting with me,‚ÄĚ Miller explained. ‚Äú(I said) ‚ÄėIf you get the ball rolling, I‚Äôll organize it.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
¬†‚ÄúThere‚Äôs something that deepens a person when they travel the world and interact with other cultures first hand,‚ÄĚ Daugherty said. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs an intangible benefit that is hard to put into words.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs like going to Israel,‚ÄĚ Miller explained. ‚ÄúTo some extent it‚Äôs hard to discover afterward what changed as a result of going there, but you can never read the Bible the same after you‚Äôve been to the place.‚ÄĚ
The Greece/Turkey study tour is open to everyone. More details about the tour can be found here: http://www.briercrest.ca/studytour/about/