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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Summer Plans

In less than a month, I'll be leaving for the Middle East, along with about 40 other seminary students from Southern, Emory, Duke, Vanderbilt, and several other semniaries/divinity schools. The trip is a 3-week long travel seminar, where we will be doing some archeological work, scaling Mount Sinai (partly by foot, partly by camel), exploring some old Crusader fortresses, visiting some of the ancient cities of the Bible (such as Damascus, Galilee, and Jerusalem), and much, much more. The whole group will be divided into two smaller groups - one led by Max Miller of Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and the other led by Dr. Steven McKenzie Professor of Hebrew Bible and Old Testament at Rhodes College. I am in Steve's group, and our itinarary looks like this:

May14-16 Orientaion in Altanta
May 17 Arrive Damascus (Damascus)
May 18 Explore Damascus (Damascus)
May 19 Damascus Museum, Baalbek (Homs-Crak vicinity)
May 20 Crak, Apamea (Hama)
May 21 Palmyra (Palmyra)
May 22 Busra (Busra)
May 23 Jerash (Amman)
May 24 Nebo, Madaba (Petra)
May 25 Petra (Petra)
May 26 Aqaba, Sinai (St. Catherine)
May 27 Mt. Sinai, St. Catherine (Taba)
May 28 Arad (Arad)
Week Three
May 29 Masada, Jericho, Beth Shean (Galilee)
May 30 Sea of Galilee and Golan (Galilee)
May 31 Nazareth, Megiddo, Caesarea (Jerusalem)
June 1 Jerusalem-Old City (Jerusalem)
June 2 Jerusalem-Israeli Museum and Bethlehem (Jerusalem)
June 3 Flight to Athens, on to Delphi (Delphi)
June 4 Delphi, Corinth (Athens)
June 5 Athens (Athens)
June 6 Return flight to the U.S.

As you can imagine, I am feeling a million different things about this trip. I am nervous because I am traveling with a group of people who are completely unknown to me. Also, we are traveling in very dangerous locations. I am nervous also because I am traveling with a group that is theologically very different from me. I have a very conservative approach to theology, whereas many of the participants will approach theology from a liberal perspective. On the other hand, I am excited that I am traveling with such a diverse group. My prayer is that in spite of our differences, we will have a unique sense of community and will develop wonderful relationships over the three weeks that we will be traveling together. I am also excited because this is an amazing trip and is certainly an opportunity of a life time. I am looking forward to learning and experiencing so many new things. The very worse part about the trip is the fact that I will be away from Alex for over three weeks, possibly even out of contact for much of that time. But I know that in this case, distance will only make the heart grow founder.


  • At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anita Kay said…

    I am so glad you've posted a new blog...I was feeling out of touch. I hope you have a fabulous trip, and I want to see lots of pictures!

  • At 1:25 AM, Blogger Nick said…

    I have been missing your blog...and I am jealous of your trip...I hope to go to the Holy Land someday...God bless and I hope to hear from you soon...peace

  • At 10:58 PM, Blogger Alex Jonathan O'Nan said…

    I have a feeling it will be the worst three weeks of my life... and I'll guarantee my heart will be exploding with fondness!

  • At 11:07 PM, Blogger Alex & Laura Beth said…

    News flash! News flash! Alex and Laura Beth have just been announced the world's cheesiest and sappiest couple ever! Congratulations guys! Your names will echo through the hall of fame for years to come!

  • At 7:54 AM, Blogger Hilary Noltemeyer said…

    Oh . . . we will miss you too- and be praying for all these things and more. We will take care of Alex for you in your absence and are looking forward to your return so we can get down to summer!

  • At 2:58 PM, Blogger Erin Richter said…

    I will of course miss you, LB. And I will be praying. I know you are going to have such a great time. And don't worry, we will all take care of Alex while you are gone, even though it may be a difficult task :).

  • At 4:50 PM, Blogger Aaron Shafovaloff said…

    Hey Laura Beth, I'd like to add you (and any other SBTS students) to SBTSBlogs.net. Do you have a mug I could use for the layout? Thanks!

    aaron[NOSPAM]shaf /[at]\ gmail D0t com


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