More about Hierapolis

After a period of worship this morning we began our touring day in Pamukkale (ancient Hierapolis). From there we continued to Aphrodisias, a Roman city that gives an impression of the reality of life in the period when Christianity was first being spread across the Empire. From there we continued to our hotel on the Aegean Sea.

The photo below was made at Pamukkale, Turkey (ancient Hierapolis). We are standing on the colonnaded Roman road, and the monumental gateway behind us is the Arch of the Emperor Domitian (A.D. 81-96). It was constructed in A.D. 82-83.

It was during the reign of Domitian, or shortly thereafter, that the book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John.

Arch of Domitian at Pamukkale (ancient Hierapolis). Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Arch of Domitian at Pamukkale (ancient Hierapolis). Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Hierapolis was the home of Papias (c. A.D. 60 to c. A.D. 130). He was a disciple of the apostle John and a companion of Polycarp. There are some traditions associating Philip (apostle?, evangelist?) with the city.

The city of Hierapolis is one of the three cities of the Lycus River valley named in the New Testament.

For I testify for him that he has a deep concern for you and for those who are in Laodicea and Hierapolis. (Colossians 4:13).

Tomorrow we hope to visit Ephesus and Miletus.

3 responses to “More about Hierapolis

  1. Papias did not claim to have known The Apostle John, he knew a John the Elder who he distinguished from the John.

  2. In this post I find the great information about Hierapolis. I think there is some rare posts such kind of posts and I find the useful information about this place. These loaded pictures are also great in this post.

  3. Aphrodisias was spelled incorrectly in the original post.

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