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He met me there at the airport holding his yellow CBS bag. His English was faltering, and my modern Israeli Hebrew even less good, yet we immediately we made human contact. There was something poignant about him. He was young, almost a baby face, and yet there was a hardness to him despite his sweet…

Once in a while there is actually a TV series that is worth watching every episode of, and indeed watching them repeatedly. And wouldn’t you know it, the network that aired it (FOX) canceled the show before it had even been on the air eight weeks. “Firefly” is a remarkably fun space western (the premise…

For just over a week now I have been in Israel and Jordan, and am about to head to Egypt. Like various of my previous trips there have been the usual hassles and pleasant surprises. This trip has been different from my usual tours in that I a filming a Christmas special, The Mystery of…

We are drawing near to the beginning of the American holiday season which seems to extend backwards into fall ever further as each year passes. The end result of this is that we begin to get the holiday season movies even at the end of October, all in the spirit of “only X more shopping…

I am very pleased to offer you a poem written by a doctoral student at Vanderbilt Divinity School whom I have had the pleasure of getting to know while teaching there from time to time.————- Agrapha I. Peel back the layers of me, I am stratified.I am Mark, I am Special M, Special L. I…

Certainly for me, one of the most enriching things I have done in recent years is read large quantities of the greatest of the exegetes among the Greek Fathers—- John Chrysostom. I awoke this morning to this reading, which I thought was certainly worth sharing. “For the psalmist says,’When I remembered you upon my bed,…

One theologian has wryly defined a saint as a religious figure from hoary antiquity whose life has been insufficiently researched! In short, a saint ain’t. “For we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…..”

If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following: 6 people would possess 59% of the entire world’s wealth and all 6would be from the United States. 80 would live in substandard housing 50 would…

Finding good and wholesome family entertainment in this day and age is like searching for the holy grail sometimes. We keep hoping it is out there somewhere, but it is ever so hard to find. Two exceptions to this rule can be found in two movies recently released on DVD— ‘Because of Winn Dixie’ and…

Weary, worn, welts on handWork has whittled down the manTo the bare necessitiesOf what he is, and what he’ll beWas this then his destiny? Defined, refined by what we do,The toilsome tasks are never throughThorn and thistle, dirt and dustSweeping clean, removing rustAll to earn his upper crust? Sweat of brow, and carried weightRose too…

Ben Witherington
about

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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