We’re off to visit Turkey and Greece for the next few days. Visiting all of the sites where Paul and John traveled would be impossible in a few weeks. Our tour in Turkey, which we have conducted several times since 1968, is limited to the area of the Seven Churches of Revelation (1:4, 11), and a few cities associated with Paul’s ministry (Ephesus, Acts 19; Colossae and Hierapolis, Colossians 4:13; Miletus, Acts 20). The entry point into the country is Istanbul, the former Constantinople, a city that was significant in the early post-apostolic history of the church.
In the Aegean Sea we visit Patmos (Revelation 1:9), Rhodes (Acts 21:1), and Crete (Acts 27; Titus 1:5).
Our stops in Greece are limited to Athens, Corinth and Cenchreae (Acts 17-18).
We don’t promise to be as thorough as we might while in the comfort of the study at home, but we will try to post a few photos of interest as we move along.
We arrived in Istanbul this morning, collected the luggage, cleared customs and had our luggage loaded on the bus by noon. After a stop for lunch near the Hagai Sophia and the Blue Mosque, we continued with some general sightseeing of the city and a boat ride on the Bosporus. I think everyone is looking forward to a good night of sleep and a full day of sightseeing in the city tomorrow.
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