Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. I am scheduled to present an illustrated lecture on Biblical Coastal Towns of Turkey in Puckett Auditorium at the Florida College Annual Lectures. Normally in these sessions, in which I have participated in for many years, I present material on lesser-visited places that are important to Bible study.
There are several important coastal towns in Turkey that are mentioned in the Bible, mostly in connection with the journeys of Paul. These include Troas, Assos, Ephesus, Miletus, Patara, Myra, Attalia, Perga, and Seleucia. I have chosen to discuss two Black Sea cities (Sinope and Samsun) that are related to the discussion of the route of delivery of the Epistles of Peter, and to two cities on the Mediterranean Sea (Patara and Myra). I was able to visit all of these cities during the past year.
The photo below was made a few miles east of Sinope along the Black Sea (ancient Euxine). The territory is mountainous and the road is often far enough inland that the sea is not visible. Here the road runs along the sea, but still considerably above it. To the south, the mountains are much higher.
Excellent lecture! Without a study of the geography and historical routes, we don’t fully understand why certain places are mentioned as well as the relevance of the order in which they appear.
I hope that your conference went well and that your topic has been well appreciated.
Jesus said: “[…] It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35 NASB)
Mary, these classes are not printed. I think the college was making a CD, or perhaps a DVD of the pictures I used. You will need to contact the Florida College Bookstore about that.
It is a long way for me to go to Florida College Lecture… Can you send me a copy of your lesson for me to read.