Apostle Paul and the Earliest Churches is a brilliant and illuminating video production. Beginning with his conversion, it reenacts the Apostle Paul’s missionary journeys on Anatolian soil (modern Turkey). This brief, 48-minute film contains an archaeological treasury: mosaics, frescoes, statues, amphitheaters, agoras, temples, and more. Yet Apostle Paul and the Earliest Churches is more than a historical survey; this production’s reenactment of the miracles Paul performed, the difficulties Paul encountered, and the persecution Paul faced beckons the viewer to experience with the Apostle himself the birth of the Christian Church.
The film’s archaeological emphasis is enhanced by 3D animated maps and footage of Antioch on the Orontes, Pisidian Antioch, Ephesus, Tarsus and other cities important to the Apostle Paul’s ministry. Significant artifacts from a variety of Turkish museums are also discussed.
On this site you will find information on the film itself, including video footage, and how to order your own copy. You can also download a free companion guide from the online store and view a timeline of the Apostle Paul’s life covered in the motion picture. In addition, you’ll find background information and interactive animated maps (under “Journeys”) on the cities and regions Paul visited during his missionary journeys through Turkey and other countries.
Touring original Biblical locations can powerfully impact the faith of Christians.
Seeing the ancient sites brings familiar Scriptural narratives to life. A tour of New Testament lands must include the land of Turkey as the book of Acts gives accounts of many events that happened in Turkey. These include Lycia, Pamphylia, Cilicia, Cappadocia, Phrygia, Asia Minor, Bithynia, Pontus, and Galatia, Antioch, Seleucia, Tarsus, Attalia, Perga, Antioch in Pisidia, Lystra, Iconium, Derbe, Laodicea, Ephesus, Philadelphia, Smyrna, Sardis, Thyatira, Pergamum, Troas, and Assos. Also of note is the fact that Haran, a residence of Abraham, and the mountains of Ararat, where Noah’s ark came to rest, are also located in Turkey.
Turkey in a real sense is the lost land of the Bible. Many Western Christians are not aware of the fact that all the above-mentioned biblical places are located there. This film was launched as a project to present a visual tour of Biblical sites in Turkey to Western believers by Turkish Christians who are intimately familiar with these locations by following the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. By this film, they wish for Western believers to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Paul’s journeys. In addition, they wish to show the places in Turkey where the first disciples of Christ traveled, ministered and were even first called Christians.
The program is an appeal for Western Christians to better appreciate the Eastern origins of our universal faith and to reflect on how Christianity both embraces and transcends East and West.
The Turkish Christians who produced this film hope that the spectacular scenery displayed in this film and accompanying historical information will draw many to become better acquainted with and perhaps even visit the Biblical sites in Turkey and to interact with the modern-day people of this ancient land.
It is also their hope and prayer that the faith of all who watch this film and study the companion guide will be strengthened.