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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey
  • Program Terms: May Term
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  • Restrictions: MU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
Course Description:
A Cross Cultural Biblical Journey: From Acts to Revelation explores the cultural landscape of Turkey/Greece from its biblical, ancient past to its modern present. We will traverse biblical archaeological sites in western Turkey and learn about the influence of the Greco-Roman culture on the early Christian movement. We will visit Patmos where John wrote Revelation and follow in the footsteps of Paul as he traveled through Turkey into Greece. Students will visit quaint agricultural villages, bazaars, and modern cities. They will take a pottery making lesson from a family owned business and will also get to participate in a home stay in modern Izmir (ancient Smyrna).
Estimated Course Fee: $5700

Faculty Biographies:
Dr. Sharon Putt received her undergraduate degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, her M.A.T.H. from Texas Christian University and her Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University. She has significant experience traveling abroad and taking students on cross-cultural trips. She has traveled with youth groups and took 22 Messiah students to Ghana, Africa in 2009, 30 students to Greece in May 2017, and 30 students to Italy in May 2018. Their stay in mud huts with thatched roofs, lack of hot water for three weeks, and hours of rough travel on dirt roads have prepared her for future travel under very diverse circumstances. She traveled to Europe and the Middle-east, as well. Her discipline is world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christian theology have prepared me to teach students to value views other than their own and to provide the guidance necessary for a cross-cultural trip. 

Dr. B. Keith Putt is Professor of Philosophy at Samford University in Birmingham, AL and Sharon’s husband.  He has a Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philosophy of Religion and a Ph. D. from Rice University in Philosophical Theology.  He has traveled extensively in the United States, the UK, and in France. He took 30 students to Greece in May 2017 and to Italy in May 2018. He also teaches the core Cultural Perspectives courses at Samford that enable him to teach students how to appreciate those who think and live differently.

Dr. Emerson Powery is Professor of Biblical Studies. He joined the Messiah faculty as Professor of Biblical Studies in 2008. His research, writing, and editing relates to the New Testament, including Jesus Reads Scripture (Brill, 2003) and True to Our Native Land: An African American NT Commentary (Fortress/Augsburg, 2007). His most recent (co-authored) publication, The Genesis of Liberation: Biblical Interpretation in the Antebellum Narratives of the Enslaved (WJKP, 2016), engages the function of the Bible in the 19th-century ‘slave narrative’ tradition, including the narratives of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs. Powery served on the editorial board of the Journal of Biblical Literature (2005-2013) and the editorial board for the Common English Bible; also, he was a recent past (regional) President of the Society of Biblical Literature (SE Region; 2006-2007). When not dissecting some peculiar Greek phrase, wrestling with a cultural hermeneutical perspective, or listening to Bob Marley’s tunes, Emerson enjoys attending Mets games, with Kimberly and their four sons, in D.C. or Philadelphia.

Other Information:
IDCC 260 Turkey Syllabus.pdf
BIBL 204 Turkey Syllabus (Jan 2020).pdf


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