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Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson
Dr. Mark Wilson is the founder and director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Antalya, Turkey, a country in which he and his wife Dindy have lived since 2004. He received a D.Litt. et Phil. from the University of South Africa (Pretoria) where he serves as a Research Fellow in Biblical Archaeology. He is a Visiting Professor of Early Christianity at Regent University and also Associate Professor Extraordinary of New Testament at Stellenbosch University. Mark regularly leads study trips for the Biblical Archaeology Society to Turkey, Cyprus, and Greece. He also blogs periodically for Bible History Daily. He is the author and editor of numerous books, articles, and reviews including Biblical Turkey: A Guide to the Jewish and Christian Sites of Asia Minor (Ege Yayinlari). Mark is a member of twelve academic societies including SBL, ASOR, AIA, and the Association of Ancient Historians. His particular research interest is the ancient Jewish communities, Roman roads, and Biblical routes in Turkey. Mark has been married to Dindy for thirty-nine years; they have four adult children, four grandsons and four granddaughters.

Presenter at

  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XVI, November 22-24, 2013
    Magic, Mark, and Malaria: Paul’s Arrival in Pamphylia
    The second stage of Paul’s first missionary journey is shrouded in mystery and conjecture. Is it a coincidence that Sergius Paulus’s home was Pisidian Antioch? Is there any archaeological evidence for their point of landing since Perga is an inland city? Did Paul contract malaria in Pamphylia after his arrival? And why did John Mark return to Jerusalem at this time? By reading between Luke’s lines using the archaeology and history of this Mediterranean region, this presentation addresses these intriguing questions.
  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XV, November 16-18, 2012
    Bible Atlases: Can We Trust Them?
    More than a dozen atlases of the Bible have been published in the past three years. Their presentation of the biblical sites and events is presumed to be based on solid archaeological and geographical research. But are they? In this session we will look at four test cases—two from the Jewish Scriptures and two from the New Testament—and see how they are presented in these important reference tools. We will examine the evidence used to make editorial decisions. And we will see if the atlases’ cartographers are using accurate data on their maps.
  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XIV, November 18-20, 2011
    Who’s Buried in Philip’s Tomb?
    Questions and controversy continue to swirl around the recent discovery of Philip’s tomb in Hierapolis, Turkey. Was this Philip the evangelist or Philip the apostle? Why didn’t the magnificent martyrium built for Philip in the fifth century and excavated in recent years contain his tomb? And what evidence led project director Francesco D’Andria and his Italian archaeological team to conclusively identify this new tomb structure as Philip’s? This presentation will examine these and other issues surrounding one of this year’s most exciting archaeological discoveries.
  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XIII, November 19-21, 2010
    Jews in Asia Minor: The Archaeological Evidence
    Much literary evidence exists for the presence of Jews in Asia Minor. The Hebrew Bible, the Deuterocanonicals, the New Testament, and Josephus all speak about these communities. However, archaeological evidence has been sparse and scattered among various excavations in Turkey. In this session, we will examine the evidence so far for the Jewish presence in Asia Minor. We will also look at synagogues that have been discovered, particularly the new synagogue at Andriake. The Biblical Archaeology Society has sponsored two seasons of work at the synagogue at Priene, and this presentation will share the most recent discoveries and research to come out of this unique excavation.
  • Bible & Archaeology Fest XII, November 20-22, 2009
    In the Footsteps of Paul in Asia Minor: Are there Still Roman Roads to Follow?
    Many visitors travel to Asia Minor each year to tour in the “Footsteps of Paul.” While they may see many cities in which Paul ministered, most never see any ancient roads upon which Paul would have walked. Instead they are able to travel along Turkey’s highways in air-conditioned buses and stay each night in comfortable hotels. Many ancient roads, especially from the Roman period, still exist in Turkey; some of these Paul undoubtedly traveled upon. In this presentation we will look at the evidence for these roads, some of which are disappearing in the face of development. We will focus especially on new research related to the route of Paul’s first journey along the Via Sebaste from Perga to Pisidian Antioch.

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