A study program of Biblical Asia minor (modern-day Turkey). Students will be exposed to the earliest Christian sites in the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul and his companions, sites in Turkey associated with the early church fathers and the monastic movement in Cappadocia, the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire, and the expansion of Islam in Turkey.
The primary objective of this January study program is to introduce students to the earliest sites related to the Christian missionary outreach of the Apostle Paul in Biblical Asia Minor (modern Turkey). This objective cannot be achieved without understanding the rise of Christianity within the ancient Hellenistic and Roman world, of which Turkey was a central part. The study program exposes students to a virtual cross-cut of Western history as played out in the critical region of Turkey. Important epochs of this history include the Hellenization of the ancient world by the campaigns of Alexander the Great, the rise of Christianity, the church fathers and monastic movement in Cappadocia, the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire, the expansion of Islam after 1453, Gallipoli and the role of Turkey in World War I, and the significance of the Bosphorus in ancient and modern times.