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We transfer to our hotel in Istanbul, Turkey for the next two evenings. Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey is a thriving seaport and commerce center with a marvelous Bazaar and Spice Market allowing for a perfect opportunity to pick up those souvenirs and unique gift items. The tour today will be an unusual combination of Greek Orthodox, Roman, Ottoman and modern day Islam including entrance into the famed Blue Mosque and St.

After lunch we visit the fascinating Topkapi Palace housing the many priceless treasures and colorful stories of Ottoman Sultans. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. This morning our guide will walk us through the wonderful exhibits at the Archaeological Museum. Treasures include the sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, mosaic remnants depicting the times of Nebuchadnezzar, tablets of the Treaty of Kadesh known to be between Ramses II and the Hittites during the 13th century BC and many other wonderful items.

Departing Istanbul, we travel west across "Trace," the European portion of Turkey. The summer homes along the Sea of Marmara will provide the scenery as we travel. Views of the bunkers on the hillside and the ocean going vessels give clear understanding to the commentary of the British major losses and World War I defeat in the Dardanelles Strait.

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We pass by the area known as Troas, where Paul had a vision during his second missionary journey and was called to Macedonia Acts Paul later spent a week in Troas preaching here and Eutychus was resurrected Acts Ancient Troy is well known for its 3rd and 4th Century BC excavations.

Don't forget to have your picture taken from the top of the Trojan Horse. Our next visit of the day is Pergamum. Once a busy trading center and famous as a "seller of purple," the most favored of the Seven Churches, the church of Pergamum was praised for its forbearance Rev. It was here that the first Christians were executed by Rome.

We'll visit the fabled Acropolis, pass through the Royal Gates, view the foundations of the Temple of Zeus and visit the ruins of the library, which once held , volumes. We continue south to Izmir the third largest city in Turkey and a long time center for Jews and Christians. Here we'll see Polycarp's Church and the ancient agora. Our lodging this evening will be in Izmir. A stop will be made in Thyatira to view the ancient roadway and period columns en-route to Sardis.

Sardis was berated by John for its facade of strength when in reality, it was weak Rev. Here coins were minted and the dyeing of wool originated. We'll visit the gymnasium and synagogue. Not much is left of the city except for the ancient wall and the remains of a Byzantine basilica in the modern city of Alasehir. Our lodging this evening will be in a lovely spa hotel in Pamukkale.

Hierapolis, meaning "Sacred City," was an ancient center for pagan cults until it was transformed into a Christian center in the first century. According to tradition, the Apostle Philip lived and was martyred in Hierapolis. It was likely the hot springs of Hierapolis in contrast to the cold mountain springs near Colossae that combined to bring application to the "lukewarm" Laodiceans Rev 3: Laodicea contains many acres of ruins to visit including a stadium and remnants of a sophisticated water system.

Nearby Colossae is well-known throughout Christian circles as the receiver of Paul's letter to the Colossians.


Today, the town has fallen into obscurity and nothing remains. We spend the remainder of the day traveling through the Turkish countryside arriving in the port city of Kusadasi where we spend two nights. The day will not be complete without a visit to a local Turkish Rug cooperative. We travel to the nearby town of Selcuk for a visit to the Basilica of St. John, housing an immersion baptismal and believed to be resting place of John.

From here we have an excellent overview of the Ephesus harbor, the Mosque of Jesus and the Temple of Artemis, completed in its most famous phase around BC and listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We spend the remainder of our day in Ephesus, the city of the Bible and one of the largest restorations still in progress with miles of ancient treasures. Ephesus was once a thriving port town of , people.

Today you can still see the spectacular excavations of the major streets in this ancient city where we view the Library, Agora, theatre, colorful mosaics in the aristocratic Terrace Houses, a panoramic view of the surrounding ancient port area including a wealth of church history and cultural insight. This afternoon we embark our cruise ship and sail for a visit to the beautiful Isle of Patmos, under statutory protection as a historic monument.

Here we have a tour to see the fortified monastery of St. John and the cave claimed to be where John received the Revelation. Back on the ship, enjoy dinner before settling in to your cabin for the night. Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. Take an optional tour to Heraklion and the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture.

In the Footsteps of Paul: Experience the Journey That Changed the World

This afternoon visit the island of Santorini which is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. We have a panoramic bus tour viewing some of the most spectacular scenery of the Aegean. Following the Acts narrative, the book weaves together the story of Paul's life both in word and picture. The images—mostly of landscapes and sites, but sprinkled with artifacts, and artwork—are of exceptional quality, and give life to the narrative.

A nu In the Footsteps of Paul is a beautiful gift book that chronicles the life and ministry of Paul. A number of the scenes are truly breath-taking, and make this book worthy of a place on a coffee table, in addition to its other merits as a worthwhile introduction to Paul's travels.


The carefully chosen excerpts from Acts and Duncan's brief comments help to narrate Paul's story, chronicling his movements around Palestine, Asia, and Europe, highlighting major events and important interactions. The narrative is also augmented by well-chosen quotations from biblical scholars such as Ben Witherington, N. In all, the book is beautifully assembled and laid out. The pictures are stunning, and the text helps bring Paul's journeys to life.

As Duncan says in his introduction, "I knew [following in Paul's footsteps] would challenge me in my own walk with God. Paul was all in for Jesus. While I would look elsewhere for a more rigorous introduction to Paul's life and thought, this book makes for a great primer on Paul, and a worthy visual companion to other studies, at times instructing and at times challenging us to follow.

Mar 26, Ruth rated it really liked it. The author follows the journeys of St. Paul using the Act of the Apostles as his source material. The two page spreads generally begin with a quotation from Acts and have two but sometimes one, or more photographs showing the area referenced. There is also usually some narration by the author or a quote from someone famous.

The photography is absolutely gorgeous.

It matches the sky in places. Paul knew it, but many of the pictures are of ancient ruins. Being from someplace as new as the United States, it is interesting to see those ancient aqueducts going through modern cities. If you are trying to learn more about St. I enjoyed it and it is landing on my keeper shelf, not in the giveaway box. Thanks to the Thomas Nelson Book Blogger program for sending me the book.

Mar 18, Susan rated it really liked it. Experience the Journey That Changed the World is beautiful. It's a "coffee table" type book - mainly photos, but with text also. It follows Paul's life from his days as Saul until his death. It's full of wonderful photos of places he visited, and each page also has Biblical text to go along with the photo, and also other quotes from John Piper, Billy Graham, and others. It helps Paul's journeys come alive, much more than they do when you look at the little red- and blue-d In the Footsteps of Paul: It helps Paul's journeys come alive, much more than they do when you look at the little red- and blue-dotted lines in the maps at the back of your Bible.

I've been reading through a couple page of this book each night after dinner, showing the girls the photos so they can imagine the world Paul lived in. I read a review someone wrote, complaining that many of the photos are described as "somewhere Paul most likely walked," etc. The reviewer was bothered by this lack of certainty. However, as someone who has visited the Holy Land heck, even Europe , many things there are so old that it's virtually impossible to pinpoint exact locations.

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Our American perspective of "old" say, ? Paul lived 2, years ago, so to see places he most likely lived and walked is just fine with me. Apr 18, Michael Brown rated it liked it. In the Footsteps of Paul by Ken Duncan is a good coffee table book. As many have said before there is not much writing to this book but the photographs that Mr. Duncan has take are breath taking. It make me want to travel to the land of Paul and visit the sites. It brings to life some of the major places in Paul's life and ministry. You can easily imagine in your mind's eye Paul walking down the roads, sailing into the harbors, preaching the gospel to the crowds in the different city and stadium In the Footsteps of Paul by Ken Duncan is a good coffee table book.

You can easily imagine in your mind's eye Paul walking down the roads, sailing into the harbors, preaching the gospel to the crowds in the different city and stadiums. It would be a great tool for any Sunday school or Bible teacher to help flesh out the Life of Paul and the beginnings of the Early Church. The photographs just pop or jump off the page I would love to see a DVD video of these places. I know other wish there was more text to this book but that was not the scope of this book - it was to bring to life the places that Paul had gone.

In conclusion, I would recommend this book to any Sunday school teacher, Bible teacher, or anyone else who wants to see where Paul and other apostles had travelled as the Early Church began the fulfillment of The Great Commission of Jesus Christ. Apr 24, Erin rated it really liked it.

Some may say this is a great coffee table book of which it is filled with majestic pictures taken by renowned photographer Ken Duncan.

Filled with beautiful photos to give us a visual of what he saw, each picture is paired with mostly KJV scriptures, powerful quotes from well know pastors and christian leaders, geographical commentary, and notes of explanations of what was going on at the time. I would say that this book is ideal as a reference book if you are studying the life of Paul or any of his writings.

This is a book that is a perfect gift for just about anyone. Apr 10, Donna rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone contemplating a spiritual journey. In the Footsteps of Paul, Duncan follows the footsteps of the apostle St. Paul, whom Duncan calls "one of the greatest examples of what it is to be a Christain.

Paul's travels in Acts closely and bring them to life on film. I think he has succeeded in his quest. The opening photo of the Old Roman Road, with brilliant red poppies growing through cracks in stones, sets the stage for St. The final page shows a photo of the pillar on which St. Also at the end of the book is a quote from St.

Paul to Timothy, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Mar 20, Jennifer Defoy rated it really liked it Shelves: I loved this book. The pictures alone would have made a great book, but the descriptions and the "story" behind the pictures gave them that much more meaning. Seeing places that Paul traveled during his many journeys was sort of surreal. I think that Ken Duncan should be awarded for his ability to capture the scenes of these places in a way that portrays that enormous role they played in the bible.

Being that I don't have an intimate knowledge of Paul's travels I thought that I may be a little l I loved this book. Being that I don't have an intimate knowledge of Paul's travels I thought that I may be a little lost as to where these places were and their importance. The scriptures and notes that go along with the pictures made Paul's life and his tribulations clear to me. At the very least this book is a great collection of photography. However I feel that the way the book was constructed allows the reader to have a accurate picture of the places Paul traveled as well as the significance of event that occurred during his travels.