We are all on a journey. Each of our journeys have reasons behind them. The Apostle Paul had a reason behind his well-known Missionary Journeys. Christianity, the only religion in the world which places so much significance on places, largely has Paul to thank in its spread.
The Apostle Paul has been one of the reasons for us embarking on our Sojourning in 2015. We wanted to see where he went, where he spoke and where he first Trailblazed with the Christian message.
While the list of cities Paul visited is not exhaustive, these were the places this Tale, Part 1 of 3, highlights which we were privileged to visit in Asia Minor, modern day Turkey (click on the pics to view larger images; brown words are clickable links).
Konya (Iconium in antiquity)
Antalya (Attalia in antiquity)
While it is not known whether Paul visited Laodicea, he mentions it in his letter to the church in Colossae which is not far from Laodicea.
Laodicea is also referred to in the book of Revelation: “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation” – Revelation 3:14
When referring to Epaphras, Paul mentions Hierapolis in his letter to the church in Colossae which is not far from Laodicea.
Ephesus is also referred to in the book of Revelation: “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands” – Revelation 2:1
Troia (Troas in antiquity)
Troas was the place where Paul first left with the Christian message for modern day Europe.
Writing to Timothy, one of Paul’s travelling companions: “You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me” – 2 Timothy 3:10-11