This is a fascinating interview with Mark Driscoll and Dr. Andrew Jackson, one of the foremost authorities on biblical history in the country of Turkey.
In the first video, Dr. Jackson explains the history and importance of the city of Ephesus:
In the second, Dr. Jackson discusses the seven churches of Revelation:
The interviews above are well worth your time and provided some particularly interesting nuggets for me. For example, the order of the seven churches listed in Revelation 2:1-3:22 is deliberately organized for the travel circuit through each region is a very helpful bit of information as it means there was a specific reason for why the books were placed in the order they were.
Most of all, the videos remind me just how important the study of history is to our understanding of Scripture. Archaeological expeditions allow us to get a much better sense of what the culture was like, to see some of the remains of the cities where the gospel first went forward and bring believer today that much closer to our earliest counterparts.
And it’s all the more reason to give thanks.
Do you look into archaeological expeditions of biblical sites? If so, what’s been the most interesting you’ve learned?