2024 Biblical Field Studies in Turkey
The Asia Minor Research Center is excited to announce the 2024 Biblical Field Studies in Turkey. This is a funded study trip for Bible scholars and teachers in the Majority World. Participants pay only for transport to/from Turkey; all in-country expenses are covered.
The 2024 program will focus on Paul’s first journey (Acts 13–14), the book of Galatians, and Paul’s early ministry years in Tarsus and Antioch. We will begin in Antalya, travel through key biblical and historical sites in Galatia, then conclude with two days in Antioch. The 2024 program offers the unique opportunity to participate in the Antioch Seminar with lectures from NT scholars such as Dr. Ben Witherington.
The trip will be June 13–20, 2024, and the deadline for applications is February 15, 2024.
To learn more and apply, visit: https://www.biblicalturkey.org/biblicalfieldstudies. Please share about this study program with people who may be interested.
Here is the itinerary:
June 13 Thu Arrival into Antalya. Free time in downtown ancient Attalia. Dinner and overnight in Antalya.
June 14 Fri Antalya. The morning includes an orientation and introductory lectures to the history and geography of Asi Minor. After lunch, we will visit ancient city of Perge then take a walking tour of Attalia. Dinner at hotel in Antalya
June 15 Sat Pisidian Antioch – Konya (5 hr drive). Drive to Pisidian Antioch, visit the archaeological site and its museum. The city was a major Hellenistic center in the centuries before Paul’s arrival. Take the ancient Roman route to Lystra, then visit Konya’s ancient tel and archaeological museum. Dinner and overnight in Konya. (B,D)
June 16 Sun Cappadocia (3 hr drive). En route to Cilicia, we take a day to explore historical ruins from the Byzantine and early Turkic period. We stop at the magnificent Sultanhani outside Aksaray, then hike through Cappadocia’s famous Ihlara Valley with cave churches and their original paintings. Before dinner we stop at a fifth-century church associated with the Cappadocian Father Gregory of Nazianzus. Dinner and overnight in the quaint old-Greek town of Guzelyurt. (B,D)
June 17 Mon Tarsus – Adana – Antioch (6 hr drive). Drive through Cilicia to Tarsus, the home of the Apostle Paul. We will visit the Roman baths and the Cardo Maximus street of the Roman city and then Donuktaş, one of the largest temples of the ancient world. After lunch at one of Turkey’s most famous humus restaurants, we will drive to Adana to walk across the Sarus River on the Roman bridge and visit the Adana Archaeology Museum. Dinner and overnight in Antakya (B,D)
June 18 Tue Antioch Seminar. Morning lectures. After lunch visit St Peter Cave Church, Antioch Hippodrome, Archaeology Museum.(B,D)
June 19 Wed Antioch Seminar. After breakfast depart to Samandag. Visit the St Simeon Church, Seleucia Pieria & Titus Tunnel. Lunch in Samandag. Depart back to Antakya. Dinner and overnight in Antakya. (B,D)
June 20 Thu Departure from Antakya.