Tom Yoder Neufeld

Tom, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies (New Testament) at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, retired in 2012 after three decades of teaching Bible. In addition to university teaching, he is frequently involved in preaching and teaching in congregational and conference settings, both locally and internationally. He has been a pastor as well as a hospital and prison chaplain, serving both the national church and the Mennonite World Conference, where he serves as Chair of the Faith and Life Commission. He and his wife, Rebecca, are deeply involved in the life of First Mennonite Church, Kitchener. Tom enjoys museums, films, painting, hiking, and participating in choral music. Some of the many countries included in his travels are Egypt, Israel, Palestine, most of Western Europe, Central America, Colombia, Japan, and Korea. Among his writings are a commentary on the letter to the Ephesians (Believers Church Bible Commentary; Herald, 2002), Recovering Jesus: the Witness of the New Testament (Brazos, 2007), and Killing Enmity: Violence and the New Testament (Baker Academic, 2011).

The World of Paul in Turkey and Greece

The Apostle Paul lived twenty centuries ago, yet his words still reverberate in the lives of millions. Vehemently opposed to Christ before his conversion on the Damascus road, Paul went on to spread the news about Jesus throughout what is today Greece and Turkey. Guided by New Testament scholar Tom Yoder Neufeld, learn about the cultural contexts that shaped Paul, his message, and the life of his congregations. Gain new insight as you tour ancient Philippi, Thessaloniki, Corinth, and Athens in Greece. In Turkey, visit sites related to the seven churches of Revelation including Sardis, Pergamum, Laodicea, and Ephesus. Also see cultural locations of interest in Greece and Turkey including historic churches, Greek, Roman, and Islamic religious sites, and modern Istanbul.

World of Paul: Italy Extension

Continue on a learning journey of the life of Apostle Paul and the Roman World. Explore the city of Pompeii which was buried by volcanic ash for a glimpse into the Roman world as Paul knew it. Continue to Rome. See the sites of Rome including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Arch of Titus, and the Augustan Temple. Also visit the place where Paul was martyred, the Abbey of the Three Fountains.