Archaeological Study Tour of Turkey, Greece, and Italy
Global Education Course in Turkey and Greece
Dates: June 5—18, 2023
NT 504: Paul and His Letters
Professors: Drs. David & Christine Palmer
Course Fee: $5,990-6,990, prices depend on single/double room occupancy and an optional three days (June 18-21) with the Palmers in Italy.*
We look forward to sharing a memorable journey retracing the missionary journeys of Paul. We will walk the very roads upon which he walked. We will see the very landscape and buildings that he saw. We will encounter the same Lord Jesus Christ whose love compelled his service.
Paul grew up in Tarsus in Cilicia, just over 300 miles east of Antalya, in modern day Turkey, where we will begin our journey. He was a Diaspora Jew from a devout family and knew Greek as his native language. He was also born a Roman citizen, a special privilege bestowed upon his family probably for service in Pompey’s campaigns. He learned the Scriptures of Israel in Jerusalem at the feet of Gamliel, one of the leading sages of the first century. He was zealous for his ancestral traditions and became a member of the Pharisees (Galatians 1:14). His zeal for God led him to travel as far as Damascus in order to arrest the early followers of Christ. Along the route, the risen Jesus appeared to Paul calling him to be “a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15).
We will follow Paul’s missionary journeys onsite as the gospel of Jesus Christ radiates out into the Greco-Roman world. God’s good news about His Son confronts cultural and imperial idolatry creating new communities in Christ. The hope of Israel brings forgiveness, reconciliation, and the dawn of God’s new creation in Christ. The preaching of Christ crucified was “a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24). Paul’s missionary methods remain profoundly instructive for the church today.
Our faculty leader for this course is Dr. David L. Palmer, Adjunct Professor of New Testament. Dr. Palmer holds a PhD in New Testament backgrounds from the Hebrew Union College. He also serves as Senior Pastor of Kenwood Baptist church, an international congregation with more than twenty native languages. Dr. Palmer is deeply committed to supporting future ministry leaders and global theological education.
Any Gordon-Conwell student is welcome to apply. This three credit hour course will serve as an elective for the majority of students. The course is open to alumni, friends of the seminary, and students from other seminaries who are interested in participating in the course for credit or to audit.