Nearly two-thirds of the New Testament--including all of the letters of Paul, most of the book of Acts, and the book of Revelation--is set outside of Israel, in either Turkey or Greece. Although biblically-oriented tours of the areas that were once ancient Greece and Asia Minor have become increasingly popular, up until now there has been no definitive guidebook for these important sites. In A Guide to Biblical Sites in Greece and Turkey, two well-known, well-traveled biblical scholars offer a fascinating historical and archaeological guide to these sites. The authors reveal countless new insights into the biblical text while reliably guiding the traveler through every significant location mentioned in the Bible. The book completely traces the journeys of the Apostle Paul across Turkey (ancient Asia Minor), Greece, Cyprus, and all the islands of the Mediterranean. A description of the location and history of each site is given, followed by an intriguing discussion of its biblical significance. Clearly written and in non-technical language, the work links the latest in biblical research with recent archaeological findings. A visit to the site is described, complete with easy-to-follow walking directions, indicating the major items of archaeological interest. Detailed site maps, historical charts, and maps of the regions are integrated into the text, and a glossary of terms is provided. Easy to use and abundantly illustrated, this unique guide will help visitors to Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus to appreciate the rich history, significance, and great wonder of the ancient world of the Bible.
The Most Relevant Available
By Carl Rasmussen "HolyLandPhotos.org" - October 19, 2004
I have led 15 study tours to Turkey and Greece (University students and adult learners). I like this book so much that all the participants bring it along. Group members then read about the sites we will visit the night before and with the information supplied by F&R they are primed and well prepared for the next day.
The book is oriented toward biblical sites and the commentary and maps are very very helpful (I believe the best summary available). But for important non-biblical sites, such as Aspendos, Didyma, Troy (in Turkey) and Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae (in Greece) the book has little or no information. Also, travelers will want to consult other guide books, I like the Neos set, for important/essential non-biblical information on the countries of Turkey and Greece-classical matters, religion, politics, daily life, etc. For those just visiting Turkey the recently published book by Mark Wilson is excellent... read more
Well researched, user friendly, but with lacunae
By David Graham - June 18, 2007
This guide to the biblical sites in Greece and Turkey is the product of many long travels (more than 10,000 miles just in Turkey alone) and first hand visits to the sites it covers. It is written in prose that is easy to read, has a helpful glossary of archeological and cultural terms not commonly used in daily life(such as agora, chiton, or megaron), an index, maps, charts, and lots of photographs taken by the authors. It gives information on the location of the site in question (e.g., "The site of ancient Pergamum is scattered in and around the modern town of Bergama"), its history ("According to the geographer Strabo, the earliest inhabitants of Ephesus were a group of peoples called Leleges and Carians,"), its biblical significance ("Derbe was one of the cities visited by Paul and Barnabas during their first missionary journey,"), and a step by step coverage of what a site visit is like (so that it pays to have the book open as you are walking through a place like Sardis, for... read more
A wonderful help to Pilgrim and Tourist
By Danny R. Morrow "A pilgrim seeking truth" - October 21, 2007
This little volume adds information helpful to traveller without unneccessary detail. It is as complete as any other guide as I have seen and more complete than most.
Anyone seeking up to date and ancient information to help understand the "Biblical World" will find this a valuable resource.
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