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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New Testament History

Just as ancient Anatolia plays a role in the Old Testament, it figures more in the New Testament. This region is sigificant for both Judaism and Christianity and is an important location regarding historical events.

Even the ancient language Aramaic, which Jesus spoke and is rooted in Old Testament times, is spoken in Turkey today.

Ancient regions that bleed over into New Testament times and found in Turkey are: Cilicia, Lycaonia, Cappadocia, Pontus, Pisidia, Galatia, Pamphylia, Phrygia, Bithynia, Lydia, Lycia, Mysia, and Thrace.

The Apostle Paul traveled zealously through these regions. He was a native of Anatolia in Tarsus and frequently visited Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe, Perge, Alexandria Troas, Ephesus, Miletus, Antioch of Pisidia, Attalia, and Assos. And these are only the major centers mentioned.

Tradition says that the Apostle John and Mary both lived in Ephesus and that John’s tomb is situated there now among the old church ruins. Although this cannot be proven, John’s address to the seven church congregations of Revelation (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea) indicates he had first hand knowledge of this area.

Tradition also has it that many of Jesus’ early followers were dispersed throughout the Anatolia region. Barnabas was from

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