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From Bethsaida to Hierapoplis

2008 June 12
by Mike

Yesterday we visited Hierapolis and Laodicea in the Lycus Valley of Turkey. There are amazing Greek and Roman ruins in Hierapolis. But a 10 minute hike up a hillside takes you to the remains of a 6th century church building that tradition says was built on the site where the apostle Philip’s body was buried after being crucified. This seems to be a fairly strong tradition (his death in Hierapolis, that is). We walked through remembering what Philip told his brother after meeting Jesus: “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote — Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”. I wondered if he remembered those early words as he was put to death here

I’ll try to send one or two more short notes. I’m pecking out on my Blackberry, so they will be short!

11 Responses leave one →
  1. June 12, 2008

    The words are good but what we really want to see are pictures!! I guess we’ll have to wait until you’re back home for those. Have a safe trip. Chris was in class last night and he seems to be doing just fine, though no doubt missing you two.

  2. June 12, 2008

    I really hope you have an international data plan, not just international access, on that Blackberry. I work for a cell phone company and in the days I took billing calls, the worst were generally when people went overseas with no unlimited plan. If you don’t have one, just keep the data use to a minimum.

    Someday I hope to make a trip like what you are making. I’m looking forward to pictures, assuming you post them here later.

  3. June 12, 2008

    I wish I was with you all, it would be an amazing trip.

  4. June 12, 2008

    Hey, Mike –

    I haven’t commented in ages and ages, but read your blog all the time. I just wanted to wish you guys Godspeed today on your trip, which sounds really wonderful.

    Hope you’ll share lots of pictures when you get back.

    Greetings from south Mississippi!


  5. Kathy S permalink
    June 12, 2008

    Thanks, Mike. It’s great to hear about your trip. And I love those words: “We have found the one.”

  6. June 13, 2008

    Hi Mike – Sounds like quite the adventure you’re having! Say, I’m trying to reach you about a book review opportunity. Would you mind dropping me an email? At your convenience, of course. Thanks!

  7. June 14, 2008

    I miss Turkey and must say I am a bit jealous of your trip, although I also miss the United States a lot right now and I am ready to come home. Have a great trip. I would love if you post about Ephesus.

  8. June 15, 2008

    Hope you are having a great trip but this comment is to thank you for training Josh Ross so wonderfully for us! He’s been at Sycamore View for two weeks and we love him and his family already!

  9. June 16, 2008

    Back in Izmir after an amazing trip. much more to follow.

  10. June 17, 2008

    Well, I’m jealous.

  11. June 17, 2008

    >i> “Well, I’m jealous.”

    Yeah! There you go again, Mike – painting with that broad brush of envy green!!

    Seriously, glad you’re having such a marvelous trip. Hurry home so we can hear all about it. Pictures, Pictures and more Pictures please!!

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