Global Education Course in Turkey and Greece
Dates: Summer 2023, dates TBA
Course Title: NT 504: Footsteps of Paul
Professors: Drs. David L. & Christine Palmer
Course Fee: $4,990 *
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 mi 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 (Gal 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 Cor 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 who teaches New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Palmer holds a Ph.D. 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.
Students on any of the four GCTS campuses are welcome to apply. This 3-hour course will transfer back as an elective for the majority of GCTS students. For more detailed credit information see the “NT 504 Course Equivalency Reference Sheet” link below. Interested students should submit their initial application no later than July 1st, 2019. Earlier applications are encouraged. First priority is given to matriculated Gordon-Conwell students. Links to student applications, faculty reference forms and required travel forms appear below.
After July 1st, the course will be opened up to non-matriculated Gordon-Conwell students interested in taking the class for credit or as an audit. This includes GCTS friends and alumni, and students from other seminaries. Links to alumni and friends’ application and professional reference forms are found below.