The theme of the 2013 International Teachers' Seminar is "4-Dimensional Bible Study: How History, Geography, Archaeology, and Culture Bring the Scriptures to Life."
The Bible is a story in four dimensions. It takes place in both space (three dimensions) and time (one). Although the Bible incorporates many genres of literature, including figurative language and poetry, it is a true and epic story of creation, fall, and redemption. And since God’s storyline is anchored in space and time, history and geography are not extraneous to the plot, for apart from them it is impossible to understand the way the pieces of the story fit together.
Want to know about the ancient writers Paul was quoting in his Areopagus speech? Interested in the religious spectrum of Corinth (including its charismatic movement and its fascination with sex)? Did you know that five letters to the Corinthians have survived, as well as five to the Ephesians? Want to learn what happened in Ephesus in 431 AD? (Mary became the "mother of God.") Puzzled by chronology -- would you like to know the current thinking on how the epistles fit with Acts?
Would you enjoy hearing from mature believers who have researched areas like these? Want to turbocharge your understanding of the 51 New Testament chapters that our tour will illuminate? In the ITS we will take your study a level or two deeper than the concurrent Biblical Study Tour, during which it takes place, connecting the lessons with the various locations we will visit on the tour (and also the pre- and post-tours). You will learn things you'd probably never hear in church.
The Teachers Service Team will lead and teach most of the classes. The purpose of the four ITS sessions will be to fortify our knowledge of God's word through a special focus on history, archaeology, and cultural issues. The goal is more than visual familiarity with the many biblical locations the BST will take in. The goal is to delve into the background, discuss application of the principles in all the biblical documents (Acts 17-20, Ephesians, etc) and other early Christian literature (like the letters of Ignatius),and learn how to make practical connections to enhance our teaching, evangelism, and counseling. (Not for the faint of heart!)
Teachers include Ed Anton (Hampton Roads), Joey Harris (Augusta), Glenn Giles (Denver), Douglas Jacoby (Atlanta), Steve Brown (Rio Grande), and Steve Kinnard (New York). Most of our wives will be joining, as well (we are very encouraged).
The 17 previous International Teachers' Semibars have been held in London, Jerusalem, Atlanta, Paris, Berlin/Wittenberg, Athens, Washington DC, Chicago, and Rome. As you know, the 2013 ITS will be taking place during several of the free windows of the BST. For reference, here is the BST schedule, from the TOUR page at Douglas Jacoby's website:
BIBLICAL STUDY TOUR SCHEDULE
- Arrive Athens October 18th if you are taking part in the Corinthian pre-tour. Dinner that night is included.
- Arrive 19th if you are beginning with the main tour. That evening is our welcome dinner.
- Sunday 20th: church service; explore Athens (Areopagus, Acropolis, Agora); ITS orientation; dinner in Plaka
- Monday 21st: Free time (ITS am meeting); lunch; explore more of Athens; to harbor. Boat for Patmos departs 1900.
- Tuesday 22nd: Explore Patmos; traditional Greek lunch; boat to Ephesus (arrive Turkey)
- Wednesday 23rd: Explore Ephesus; ITS meeting; dinner; Women's program
- Thursday 24th: Colossae, Laodicea, Hierapolis (overnight in Hierapolis); ITS meeting
- Friday 25th: Sardis and return to Ephesus; closing dinner; final hour of ITS
- Saturday 26th: (breakfast included) return home. Post-tour begins: Explore Miletus and more of Ephesus.
- Sunday 27th: depart (breakfast included) -- post-tour group only
- Sunday 20 Oct: 30 mins (orientation and receiving materials)
- Monday 21 Oct: 2 hours (am)
- Wednesday 23 Oct: 1 hour (immediately before dinner)
- Thursday 2 Oct: 90 minutes (pm)|
- Fri 25 Oct: 1 hour (around the time of the closing dinner)
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