About Scott Broberg
I've spent nearly the past twenty years studying and teaching the Bible from a cultural and historical context.
I graduated from THE Ohio State University in 1992 with a degree in Aviation Management.
On graduating, I was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. After attending The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, VA, I was headed to Pensacola, Florida, for Naval Flight School.
I finished flight school as a helicopter pilot and went on to fly the CH-46E. I was assigned to HMM-268 and then HMM-165 while in Southern California.
The picture below was taken while conducting High-Altitude operations and the Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC) near Bridgeport, CA
From 2000 to 2002, I served as the Air Officer for the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC), Bridgeport, CA.
One of my collateral duties while at Bridgeport was as the Public Affairs Officer for the base. After the events of 9-11 - and our troops were being sent into Afganistan to fight in mountainous terrain - media interest in how Marines train to fight winter and high altitude operations went through the roof. Life became quite busy with media ventures - CNN, NBC, "Behind Closed Doors" with Joan Lunden, and even a Warren Miller Ski Film - the 2003 production of "Storm."
The photo below is with the Warren Miller ski team after conducting ice-breaking drills on a frozen Kirman Lake.
In 2002, I returned to HMM-165- the "White Knights."
In January 2003, we boarded the USS Boxer and sailed for the Persian Gulf to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
For the next six months, the White Knights conducted Casualty Evacuation Operations (CasEvac) and airborne logistics throughout southern Iraq - from Kuwait to Baghdad.
The Marines were asked to help protect the ruins at the ancient city of Babylon. It was a fantastic opportunity to be up close and personal with this ancient city.
During our off days, we would take tours with the Iraqi archaeologists for the ancient site.
The picture below is of a lion (Babylon) devouring a man
I've been blessed to have been able to travel to over 27 countries.
Even the countries that were not by choice - rather by the Marine Corps' operational needs - were always fascinating: Eritrea (Africa), Oman, East Timor (Indonesia), Jordan, or Saudi Arabia.
My favorites, of course, were those having to do with the Bible: Israel, Turkey, Greece, Malta, Crete.
Travel to these excellent biblical sites causes the pages of the Bible to come alive. When you see the ancient ruins, you begin to realize that the Bible's heroes were just like us, with the same needs, wants, and desires.
Much of the scripture passages' communication is tied to the land and culture from where they were written.
We all can't - for various reasons - pick up and travel to these places.
My passion - and the purpose of Fig Tree Ministries - is, as best I can, to bring these places to you.
God gave us a mind and the ability to connect with images that help us broaden and solidify our understanding.
My wife Bonnie and I married on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11). With her never-ending support, I made a life change in 2015.
I was able to sell my business and return to school full-time. I began attending Bethel Seminary San Diego in February 2015.
In December 2016, Bonnie and I departed for Israel. I would spend the next month in Israel at Jerusalem University College studying the History and Geography of the land of Israel.
For Bonnie and me, our tour of the city of Magdala on New Years' Eve morning was a once-in-a-lifetime moment. We were the only tourists there that morning and had the site to ourselves. The tour of Magdala was topped off by our fantastic tour guide - named, of all things - Mary.
My degree is a Masters of Divinity (MDiv), Biblical Studies - focusing on Hebrew and the Old Testament.
Although COVID-19 derailed my plans for further studies in Jerusalem and a graduation date of July 2020, I finally completed my degree in December 2020!!