Turkey, The Other Holy Land

When someone says, “I’m going to the Holy Land” what region of the world pops into your mind? Most think of the countries of Israel, Jordan, Egypt, etc. But not Turkey!

What the majority of Christians do not know is that Turkey is “the other holy land.”

Faith Tourism: Turkey, led by Dr. David Cathey, invites you to go to the place where the Gospel was first proclaimed by the Apostle Paul. He invites you to come and study the scriptures in the very place where many of the books were written.

Travel down the hall of history through Bithynia, Cappadocia, Galatia, Pontus, Pisidia, Phrygia, Mysia, Pamphylia, Lydia, and Thrace as you learn about these ancient regions from New Testament times.

You will live and learn among the local people. See and experience the Bible in its historical roots.

Will you begin your journey of faith? Come to Colossae and study the book of Colossians. Study the book of Ephesians in the city of Ephesus. Read Galatians as you travel through Galatia.

Walk the streets where the people of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor from the book of Revelation walked. Pray and prepare for God to do a great

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Early Church History

If the Old and New Testaments were not enough, look at the earliest Apostolic Fathers and you will see they were primarily in the Anatolian region of modern Turkey. Many of the ancient texts relating to the earliest churches were discovered or written by men from these old areas.

The Didache was found by a Bishop from Nicomedia, who lived in the area of ancient Bithynia. Written in the 1st century the oldest text of the Letter of Barnabas was found in an old church in Istanbul.

Early Church Father and martyr, Ignatius of Antioch, wrote letters to the earliest Christian communities in Anatolia at Ephesus, Magnesia, Tralles, Philadelphia, Smyrna. He also penned a personal letter to Polycarp of Smyrna which added to our understanding of early Christian beliefs and practices.

Polycarp, who heard the Apostle John speak, wrote a theological letter/epistle while in Smyrna and became famous since his martyrdom was one of the early churches’ oldest recorded scandalous events.

Papias of Hierapolis (Laodecia) possibly heard the Apostle John and was a friend of Polycarp.

Many others wrote from the Asia Minor region (Euphrates, Phrygia, Patara ( Mediterranean coast), and Sardis) during the earliest beginnings of the Church. The

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