Sep 30

Geat Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul, by John Hale, through the Teaching Company ★★★★

John Hale is mostly an underwater archeologist, and did much work in the Mediterranean Sea. This video course  in 24 half hour lectures, takes you on a “tour” of the mostly archeological aspects of Greece and Turkey, including the Greek Isles, showing where to go, what to see, and offering many tourist tips along the way. Hale is both entertaining as well as informative, and his teaching style is quite relaxed but never sloppy. Betsy and I both watched this series through, enjoying it totally. It provided motivation for someday going to Greece and Turkey.

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3 Responses to “Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul”

  1. Onkel Dennis says:

    This reminds me of another travel guide to Turkey and Greece:

    “Travels in Turkey and Greece undertaken by order of Louis XVI, and with the authority of the Ottoman Court by C.S. Sonnini, member of several scientific or literary societies. ‘Mores mulorum videt et ubes.’ – HOR., London; Printed for T. N. Londman and O. Rees, Paternoster Row, 1801.”

    From Ray Capt’s book on the subject – another piece of lost or neglected history in the mainstream church of today:

    The Sonnini manuscript contains the account of Paul’s journey to Spain and Britain. The document, purporting to be the concluding portion of the “Acts of the Apostles” covers a portion of the period after Paul’s two year enforced residence in Rome, in his own hired house. … The document was translated by C. S. Sonnini from an original Greek manuscript found in the Archives at Constantinople, and presented to him by the Sultan Abdoul Achment.

    You can get a copy of The Lost Chapter if Acts of the Apostles, with commentary by archaeologist Ray Capt at http://www.artisanpublishers.com . If you pronounce “lost” with a Southhampton British accent, it is also correct: the last chapter of Acts. There are many points in favor of the authenticity of the Sonnini Manuscript. It should be added to the Book of Acts, to complete it. (Now somebody needs to find the rest of the book of James …)

  2. Dennis;
    Your comments are completely off the topic. I spoke nothing of Paul and his adventures. What I find to be most troubling is that you are actually serious about your comments. It is difficult to know how to engage in a discussion with you since we lack a common agreement about even what constitutes the Scriptures. Perhaps there is an evil far greater than the NWO that lurks even in the recesses and jungles of Belize.

  3. Onkel Dennis says:

    Yes, but the topic of the book you reviewed has directly to do with what led to a rediscovery of whatever happened to Paul that the unfinished story in the first 28 chapters of Acts leaves hanging.

    No, Ken, it is much simpler than that. There is a forgotten, or neglected, body of history that does not fit into the well-laid plans of mice and theologians and they have yet to come to grips with it – like the book of Jasher … I have a copy, translated into English.

    It is for God to say what constitutes his Word, not the council(s) of man. If you really want to push this point farther, consider what the criteria were for the Reformers’ rejection of the OT apocrypha: that no extant manuscripts existed in Hebrew. This was the case in the 1500s, not the 1900s. On the basis of their own criteria, then, the OT apocrypha should be put back in the Bible, but how many Protestants are willing to follow through on the clear logic of that action?

    It is not truth or defending what is the Word of God that is at stake but instead, it is what men have become comfortable in believing all these years from the decisions of fallible men before them that becomes their guiding light.

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