I am delighted to once again be able to participate on one of President Scales' special invitation-only trips to the Land of Israel. Although brief, this trip will be very impactful. Our travels will offer us a unique opportunity to discover, examine, and discuss in depth, the historical and archaeological settings of first-century Galilee. Guided by some of Israel's most notable archaeologists, we will look more closely at the places that served as the home for Jewish communities settled across the hills and valleys of Lower Galilee. This region was also the stage for the Galilean ministry of Jesus. We will have ample time to explore with greater depth, to reflect, and to ask questions of the archaeologists as we travel. Our journey in the north will be highlighted with a visit to the archaeological site of el-Araj. As the Academic Director of this excavation, I am especially excited to show you where a handful of Nyack College students have been excavating for the past two years. Our archaeological efforts are revealing evidence contributing to the ongoing search for New Testament Bethsaida, the home of Peter, Andrew and Philip (John 1:44). Finally, the connection between Jerusalem and Galilee has always been strong, and no study of Galilee is complete without some consideration given to the city of Jerusalem -- the City of the Great King (Psalm 48:5; Matt 5:35). We will spend one day in Jerusalem in a focused program guided by the city’s leading archaeologists to better understand Jerusalem in the time of Jesus.

Please join us as we venture by bus and jeep to familiar and not-so-familiar places seeking new experiences and fresh understanding in the footsteps of Jesus.

R. Steven Notley
Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins
Academic Director, El-Araj Excavation Project
Director of Graduate Programs in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins
Nyack College, New York City

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  • "I enjoyed the program tremendously!!! I cannot think of any ways to improve it at this point. I think Steve did an outstanding job in many respects. He was extremely knowledgeable, but what I enjoyed even more than that was the faith that shown through in all his presentations. Dr. Notley was very hospitable in seeking to satisfy all, and adaptable to the varying needs of our group. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone having a bit of curiosity. I'm sure I will be reaping benefits from this indefinitely as I now have a much greater background for my daily walk. I'm sure each time I read the Bible my ability to place myself in the setting to understand will be much improved. I wish the two of you extreme success with your programs...and I hope to be venturing with you again in a couple of years!"
    P.N., Israel Trip