Anyone who has read the wonderful Narnia tales of C.S. Lewis is well aware that it was through a clothes closet (called a wardrobe in the British world) that our heroes entered Narnia. This particular post, however, is about what could be found IN a wardrobe.  The costumers who produced the magical attire were a…

Merry and Pippin were right after all.  Second Breakfast is fun, though fattening.  It transpires about 9-10 or so in the morning, and can even be followed by Elevensies for those Hobbits looking to be the most well-rounded of the bunch.  Ann and I were fortunate enough to make one Second Breakfast at a renowned…

Hobbiton is an idyllic place where sheep may safely graze. But even Hobbits need clothes to wear, and in Middle Earth the number one supplier of materials for said outfits are sheep.  It has been said that New Zealand is a country of 4 million people and 40 million sheep. I imagine the proportions were…

You will no doubt by now be familiar with this fellow. (courtesy LOTR/ New LIne Cinema) Bilbo Baggins lived at Bag End in Hobbiton.  And I am happy to be able to report that the story he wrote about his life ‘There and Back Again’ should become a movie called ‘The Hobbit’.  The sad part…

Ben Witherington

Ben Witherington

Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over thirty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications, and is a frequent contributor to the Beliefnet website.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

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