Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ã¢â‚¬â€œ A seminar coming up in November in Ethiopia will be Ã¢â‚¬â€œ quite literally Ã¢â‚¬â€œ of biblical proportions, and one U.S. tour company is offering travel programs to the event.
The Second International Conference on the Bible and Its African Roots happens on Monday November 4 through Saturday, November 9, 2013. The conference takes place in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, a country cited in both the Old and New Testaments.
American company Journeys Unlimited, which specializes in Christian tours, is offering the trip to the Second International Conference on the Bible and Its African Roots for $2,498 per person, based double occupancy, and an additional conference registration fee of $145. Price includes round trip air transportation from Washington D.C. Dulles International Airport on Ethiopian Airlines, all hotel accommodations, full breakfast daily, three dinners and admission to all field trips sites.
Ethiopia, one of few African countries never to have been colonized by Europeans, is home to a religiously-diverse population comprised of Orthodox Christians, Protestants, Catholics, Muslims and Jews. The Conference brings comprehensive new insights to the history of the Hamitic people of Africa, believed to be descendants of NoahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s son, Ham, as well as the controversial Book of Enoch, part of the Ethiopian ChurchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s biblical canon.
Over the course of five days in Addis Ababa, conference-goers will learn about EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s place in Christianity through a series of sessions and field trips. Sessions address fascinating subjects including the African biblical roots of the Old and New Testaments, the Hamitic ancestry of Jesus Christ and other specific biblical personalities, the history of Ethiopian Jews and the history of the Ethiopian Church. Field trips to the National Museum, the Ethnographic Museum and the Addis Alem Church give conference-goers additional cultural perspective.
The Second International Conference on the Bible and Its African Roots is organized by leading African Studies scholars including Dr. Ephraim Isaac, a founder and first professor of Harvard UniversityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s African American Studies Department and Director of the Institute of Semitic Studies; Professor Anthony T. Browder, Director of the IKG Cultural Center; and Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams, Director of the Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center at New Jersey City University and Minister at the Bethany Baptist Church. The organizing committee also includes noted pastors Bishop R.W. Harris of Grace Cathedral and Pastor Joy Clarke of St. PeterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Lutheran Church.
For more information on the Conference, please call: 1-800-486-8359 or visit http://www.journeys-unlimited.com/BARC.