Explore the archaeology and history of Turkey! Delve into the fascinating archaeological sites of Turkey from the comfort of your home. Includes lengthy articles on Ephesus and books about the Seven Churches hand-picked by Dr. Mark Wilson, who leads our tours to Turkey.

Fully-Illustrated Feature Articles on Turkey


Ephesus Uncovered
by Peter Scherrer
Archaeology Odyssey Mar/Apr 2001

Unlike other great Hellenistic/Roman cities—Alexandria, Antioch, Rome, Constantinople—Ephesus was abandoned in antiquity. These other cities continue to thrive today, which, unfortunately for archaeologists, means that they cannot be excavated, at least not completely. The principal remains we have from ancient Alexandria, for example, are catacombs and debris from the harbor floor; archaeologists digging at Antioch in the 1930s discovered that most of that splendid ancient city is buried under the sprawling modern one. We can view these sites only in the imagination, with the help of literary sources. Not so Ephesus.


Ephesus: Key to a Vision in Revelation
by Steven Friesen
BAR May/Jun 1993

The last book of the New Testament canon, Revelation records the fantastic heavenly revelations received by a certain John. Known as the Revelation of John or the Revelation to John, the book is also called the Apocalypse, which is simply the Greek word for revelation. A careful study of the archaeology of Ephesus will deepen our understanding of one of the visions in the Revelation of John, perhaps the most difficult book of the New Testament.

Recommended DVDs

Honor and Shame: Core Values of the Biblical World

The concepts of honor and shame are both ancient and pervasive in the Middle East, and have had a profound effect on the shaping of human history, from the Biblical age up to the present. In this riveting lecture, Dr. Richard Rohrbaugh examines this ancient value system and how it influenced the culture of the Biblical world, and illuminates how it plays a crucial role in today's socio-political climate.

Recommended Books

The Letters to Seven Churches: Updated Edition
by W. M. Ramsay

This edited and updated edition of Ramsay's classic work has, except for the omission of a lengthy poem in chapter 14, left the original material intact. The language and style were updated for the modern reader, modern place names were used, and a modern translation is the source of scripture citations.

A Guide to Biblical Sites in Greece and Turkey
by Clyde E. Fant and Mitchell Reddish

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.