July 19, 2015
I am pleased to share that my chapter on evangelicals in Northern Africa and Egypt which was published in Evangelicals around the World: A Global Handbook for the 21st Century (Thomas Nelson, 2015), can now be read in part at books.google.com. You can also buy the book at Amazon.
June 14, 2015
This ancient village was a series of caves until recently. It will soon be flooded to make a reservoir for Turkey and cease to exist. Here are a couple of pictures.
The Tigris, which will be flooded.
The town today, which will be flooded.
June 8, 2015
Allow me to share with you a recent publication on the growth of Christianity in Iran since the revolution. It is published in Mission Studies 32(1). The article can be procured through this website.
June 8, 2015
A chapel altar
The main altar
Such a variety of styles, many of them popular
Excess religious art
The main altar from the rear
A side altar from the rear of the church
All photos copyright Duane Miller 2015.
June 6, 2015
More Gabriyel Monastery
The sanctuary. Looks like it is undergoing renovation.
The steeple of the nave and towers
All pictures copyright 2015 Duane Alexander Miller
June 4, 2015
The church under reconstruction
Looking around the church
Workers working away
The plaque outside the church
All pictures copyright Duane Miller 2015.
June 3, 2015
With Ben Poland and Fr. Gabriel
An ancient depiction of St John
A very old printing press
Note the hills planted with trees
Note the Syriac inscription above the entrance.
The monastery is surrounded by many trees
Pictures are from June of 2015 (copyright Duane Miller)
June 2, 2015
We had to ask around to figure out who could let us into this old church. We have been told that there is a single Chaldean Christian family left in the city of Mardin by a couple of local Christians. The church itself is very large and could easily fit well over a hundred people.
The plaque on the outside wall
A small side altar in the rear of the church
Jesus blesses the children
The altar and side attars are behind curtains. There is a chandelier in front of the center curtain.
Jesus and St Mary with Joseph?
A tomb with Syriac inscriptions (?)
The front altar, with the curtain withdrawn.
Yet another altar
The curtain has the Ascension of Christ
The principal dome
Another secondary altar
All pictures copyright Duane Miller, 2015
June 2, 2015
A couple of pictures, from (Orthodox) Pentecost of 2015:
The bell tower
Facade, from the courtyard
All photos copyright D Miller 2015
May 28, 2015
View of a tower from the interior courtyard
Close to the end of my time in Istanbul I wanted to visit something a little different, and this was recommended to us. Great views, but lots of stairs!
View of the Bosphorus from Rumeli Hisari.