Following the news in the Bible World

Beginning with the Six Day War (June 5-10, 1967) I have tried to keep alert to the situation in the countries that are often called the Bible lands or the Bible World. This phrase is given to the countries of Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Greece, et al. where the events of the Bible transpired. Over the past 47 years I have traveled in all of these countries, some extensively, except Iran.

The current news coming out of Egypt is not good, and it is sad to see the conditions there. I wish for peace and justice for the people of Egypt, and the other countries mentioned above. I wish it also for those who would like to travel to these ancient lands to better learn the history, both secular and biblical.

A scene on the Nile River in Upper Egypt. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

A scene on the Nile River in Upper Egypt. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The photo above was made from the Nile River in Upper Egypt, near the ancient town of Edfu. When I look at it I am reminded of the Genesis account of the seven lean cows and seven plump cows that Joseph saw coming up out of the Nile (Genesis 41).

2 responses to “Following the news in the Bible World

  1. Thank you for mentioning your concern for the people in that area. I often think of our guides, bus drivers, their families and others that we met on our trips with you. I pray for their safety, peace and opportunities to learn more about the gospel.
    Our trips with you have enriched our lives in understanding the world a little better and appreciating God’s love through Christ for all people. It seems that in every sermon, Bible study, and every attempt to teach others the gospel we think of something we saw or experienced. We continue to learn through your work. Thank you.
    Please tell Elizabeth hello for us.
    ps I think we took a photo of those same cows !

  2. Thanks. Your comments are always appreciated. I think of these people often, and wonder how they are getting along.

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