Asia Minor in New Testament Times
Turkey In Bible Times
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Free Books on Ancient Turkey in Bible Times
- The Biblical Cities Of Laodicea, Colosse, And Hierapolis. In the New Testament, three churches in the Lycus River valley in Asia Minor sounded forth the word of God. Paul wrote an epistle to the church at Colosse and mentioned the brethren at Laodicea and Hierapolis. Laodicea was also one of the "seven churches of Asia" mentioned by John in the book of Revelation. Includes bibliography and several color photographs (PDF file size: 764k).
- The Biblical City Of Ephesus. A detailed outline describing the city of Ephesus in Turkey (Asia Minor), its significance in Biblical times and its archaeological ruins. Includes several photographs (PDF file size: 844k).
- The British Museum And The Bible. A four page outline detailing some of the relics from various Bible lands to be found in the British Museum (PDF file size: 275k).
- The Early Years Of Saul Of Tarsus. On the great day of Pentecost, Jews from throughout the Greco-Roman world traveled to Jerusalem to worship God (Acts 2:5-12). While Jews were found in every nation throughout the civilized world, anti-Semitism flourished. Among the nations of antiquity, no nation was ever hated as much as Israel. If Christianity were ever going conquer the world, then someone would have to bridge the gap between Jews and Gentiles. In the providence of God, Saul of Tarsus was selected (Acts 9:15; 26:12-18). This new book focuses on Saul's Jewish roots (Phil. 3:5), his birth in Tarsus of Cilicia (Acts 21:39), and his education "at the feet of Gamaliel" (Acts 22:3). This book contains numerous color photographs from Tarsus of Cilicia (modern day Turkey) (PDF file size: 1.3MB).
- The Biblical City Of Antioch Of Pisidia. Around 50 A.D., the apostle Paul visited Antioch of Pisidia on his first evangelistic journey (Acts 13:13–14) and his first recorded sermon was preached there (Acts 13:15–51). Antioch of Pisidia is located one-half of a mile north of the village of Yalvac in the Isparta province in southern Turkey. This book is a detailed outline describing the city of Pisidian Antioch, its significance in Biblical times and its archaeological ruins. Includes several color photographs (PDF file size: 928k).
Photographs of Turkey (Asia Minor in the New Testament Age)
- Antioch on the Orontes, Antakya, Turkey. Antioch was undoubtedly the most important city after Jerusalem in the early expansion of the New Testament Church. Because the modern city Antakya stands on the site of ancient Antioch, little archaeological excavation has been conducted there.
- Antioch of Pisidia (Yalvac), Turkey. Around 50 A.D., Paul visited Antioch of Pisidia on his first evangelistic journey (Acts 13:13–14) and his first recorded sermon was preached there.
- Carchemish, Turkey. Carchemish was the location of one of the decisive battles in world history. It was here that the armies of Babylon and Egypt met in battle (Jer. 46:2; 2 Chr. 35:20-24). The Battle of Carchemish was the end of the Assyrian Empire, and Egypt was reduced to a second-rate power. Babylon became master of the Middle East.
- Colosse, Turkey, only two photographs of the ancient tell at Colosse. The city has not yet been excavated.
- Harran, Turkey. Harran (also known as Haran) is located in the Sanlıurfa Province southeastern of Turkey, just 24 miles from the border with Syria. The great patriarch Abraham lived in Harran and it was in this city that his father, Terah, died.
- Hierapolis, Turkey, including Domitian's Gate, the Theater, Shepherds at Laodicea, City Ruins, the Calcium Terraces at Pammukale, the North and South Bath Complex, and an Ancient Tomb.
- Laodicea, Turkey, including City Ruins, Bathhouse Arches, Herds of Sheep, Water Pipes with Calcium Deposits, and the Stadium.
- Mount Ararat, Turkey. Noah's Ark landed "on the mountains of Ararat" (Gen. 8:4), which covers a wide area near Turkey's border with Iran. We arrived at Mt. Ararat during a small rainstorm. When the rain stopped we were rewarded with a beautiful rainbow! The last photograph shows the rainbow with Mount Ararat in the background.
- Roman Road ("Roma Yolu") near Tarsus, Turkey. Ten to twelve miles north of Tarsus, near the village of Saglikli, is a section of a paved Roman road that led from Tarsus to the Cilician Gates. An arch from the time of Septimius Severus (193–211 A.D.) still spans the nearly ten-foot-wide road. In addition, you can also see a Roman Milestone.
- Seven Churches of Asia Mentioned in the Book of Revelation, including Ephesus, Laodicea, Pergamos, Philadelphia, Sardis, Smyrna (Izmir) and Thyatira.
- Tarsus, Turkey, including "Saint Paul's Well," "Cleopatra's Gate," the remains of a roman roadway and baths, and the Mosque of Makam.
- Yalvac Museum in Turkey. Located near Antioch of Pisidia, this museum houses the Sergius Paulus inscription. Other photographs include: the moon goddess Men, Zeus, Aphrodite, a first century man, a second century couple, and a street scene of the village of Yalvac, Turkey.