Windows into the Bible
Cultural and Historical Insights from the Bible for Modern Readers
Marc Turnage Greg Surratt
General Council of The Assemblies of God
While many endeavor to help people read and study the Bible, few take seriously the four-dimensional approach necessary to understand God's revelation in time and space.These four aspects must be synthesized to answer the question, "What did the Bible mean?" They function like four lenses of a camera that, when pointed and focused on an object, are adjusted until the picture comes into focus. By looking through the spatial, historical, cultural, and spiritual lenses, people can step back into the world of the Bible, as best as they are able, and hear the message as its authors intended. They find themselves at the feet of Jesus, hearing Him as His original audience did. And once people enter into the world of the Bible, they can reenter their own world and answer the question, "What does this mean today?"
Marc Turnage holds an MA in Jewish History and New Testament Backgrounds from Jerusalem University College. He is currently finishing his PhD in the Land of Israel Studies Department at Bar Ilan University located in Ramat Gan, Israel, under the supervision of Professor Esther Eshel. Marc has taught graduate and undergraduate students at universities in the United States and abroad. He has published widely for both academic and popular audiences. His book Windows into the Bible was named by Outreach Magazine as one of its top Christian living resources. Marc is a widely sought-after speaker and a gifted teacher. He has been guiding groups to the lands of the Bible—Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy—for over twenty years. He resides in Springfield, Missouri, with his family.
About the Foreword Author
Greg Surratt and his wife, Debbie, are cofounders of Seacoast Church, which they founded in 1988. Greg has helped launch 400 new churches across the United States as a cofounder and current president of the Association of Related Churches (ARC). The author of several bestsellers including Ir-rev-rend, Greg and his family reside in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.