Keynote Speaker - Gary Burge
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 7 PM, Dimnent Memorial Chapel
Gary M. Burge (Ph.D., King's College, Aberdeen University) is a professor of New Testament in the Department of Biblical & Theological Studies at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Gary has authored a number of books including commentaries on John and The Letters of John (Zondervan Academic). He also specializes in the Middle East, its churches and its history in the Greek and Roman periods. His book, Whose Land? Whose Promise? (Pilgrim Press, 2003, 2013), received recognition from national journals. Recently he co-authored a college textbook entitled The New Testament in Antiquity and four volumes explaining the cultural background of the gospels (Zondervan). Among them: Jesus and the Jewish Festivals and Jesus the Middle Eastern Story Teller. (For a full list of publications, see his Wheaton College website.) His most recent titles: A Week in the Life of a Centurion (2015) and Mapping Our Academic Careers (2015).
Gary’s sermons and conference presentations are known for their passion, humor, insight, and careful use of the ancient culture surrounding the Bible. He has spoken in a wide variety of venues throughout the United States and the Middle East. Today he teaches regularly at Willow Creek Community Church in S. Barrington, IL. He lives in Wheaton, IL, with his wife Carol. They have two daughters.