Into the Ruins: a review of Biblical Turkey by Mark Wilson

When I was 21 years old I took a formative trip to Turkey. My then boyfriend and I rented a car and drove from Istanbul to ancient Troy. From there, we hugged the coast down to Antalya on an unforgettable archaeological odyssey that spanned several weeks and explored the myriad culutures present in modern Turkey’s “ruin” landscape. Unfortunately, now that I am encumbered by a small child and all the craziness that comes with that, I am only able to indulge in armchair travel. I am still a rabid ruin freak, thus it was with gusto that I picked up Biblical Turkey: a guide to the Jewish and Christian sites of Asia Minor by biblical heritage scholar Mark Wilson. As the author states in his introduction, most people are unaware of the role Turkey...