Living and Working in the Shadow of the Seven Churches

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02004 By: Mark Wilson I first came to Turkey in 1992 during my doctoral research on the Book of Revelations. My visit to the Seven Churches – the seven early churches or congregations mentioned in the Book of Revelations – was life-changing. The experience birthed in me a desire to introduce others to this amazing land that, after Israel, has more biblical sites than any other country. I soon led my first tour to Turkey, which at the time hosted few biblical and cultural tours. Today Istanbul has become one of the world’s leading travel destinations, and visits to Cappadocia and Pamukkale are “must sees” for every tourist. In the 1990s I also realized that Turkey, unlike Israel, Greece, and Italy, had virtually no scholars of early Judaism and Christianity either living there or focusing their research on Anatolia. So after an extended visit in 2001, my wife and I decided to move to Turkey so I could develop an expertise on Asia Minor. Realizing the need to develop a library focused on ancient Judaism and Christianity here, I founded the Asia Minor Research Center to support such research. Ballooning over Cappadocia. All images courtesy of Mark Wilson except where noted. Biblical Turkey, by Mark Wilson. As I led biblical tours in Turkey, participants were always asking for reference materials

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