On the Shores of Perga

How John Mark’s Departure from the First Pauline Missionary Journey Changed the Gentile World

by Erbey Galvan Valdez Foreword by Dr. Rudolph D. Gonzalez



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/8/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 118
ISBN : 9781973695059
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 118
ISBN : 9781973695073
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 118
ISBN : 9781973695066

About the Book

In approximately AD 48, the Apostle Paul, his coworker Barnabas, and Barnabas’ cousin, John Mark, boarded a ship at Seleucia and headed for Cyprus to initiate what is now known as the first Pauline missionary journey. It was during this mission that an unexpected setback occurred. Mark left Paul and Barnabas shortly after their arrival at Perga in Pamphylia and returned to Jerusalem.

Throughout church history, this incident in the Book of Acts has often been overlooked or dismissed as either a mysterious or insignificant event to the story of the nascent church. But what if Luke intended for Mark’s departure to mean much more to his narrative? In On the Shores of Perga, author Erbey Galvan Valdez explores the literary and historical background behind this epic journey and discovers that Luke did not remain completely silent on this event. Was Mark’s departure meant to serve as a catalyst for one of the greatest challenges facing the early church—the Jewish-Gentile controversy?

On the Shores of Perga challenges Christians to rethink the story of Acts and rediscover one of the Bible’s great leaders in John Mark.

About the Author

Erbey Galvan Valdez, Senior Pastor at New Spirit Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas, is a PhD candidate at Columbia International University. He holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Master of Theology, Liberty University; a Master of Theological Studies and Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Master of Education, Angelo State University. Mr. Valdez has been published in the Texas Study of Secondary Education and has presented for the Evangelical Theological Society. He is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature. He and his wife, Maricruz, have two children and live in San Antonio.