R. Steven Notley.  Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Nyack College, New York, Notley received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University under the direction of David Flusser.  He is the author of many books and articles.  He continues collaborative research and publication with Israeli scholars in the fields of historical geography, ancient Judaism and Christian origins. He currently serves as the Academic Director for the El Araj Excavation Project.

Mordechai Aviam.  An archaeologist and faculty member with the Institute for Galilean Archaeology at Kinneret College, Israel.  For 11 years Aviam was the district archaeologist of the Western Galilee for the Israel Antiquities Authority.  From 1992-2000 he was the director of the archaeological excavation at Jotapata (Yodfat), home of Josephus Flavius.  He is currently the director of the excavation at El-Araj, the site of first-century Bethsaida-Julias.

Haim Cohen. Research Fellow at Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, University of Haifa, Israel.  Dr. Cohen directs the current excavations at ancient Kursi (Gergesa) on the Sea of Galilee.

Danny Syon.  Member of the Gamala excavation project led by Shmarya Gutmann, Syon is now with the Israel Antiquities Authority and head of the Israel Numismatic Society. 

Haim Ben-David.  Professor Ben-David is a faculty member of the Institute for Galilean Archaeology at Kinneret College.  He is considered an expert in archaeology and the geographical history of the Land of Israel in the classical period.  In 2004-2013 he directed the excavations at Umm el-Qanatir in the Golan that included reconstruction of the Byzantine synagogue with Yehoshua Dray.

Eli Shukron. An Israeli archaeologist who excavated in the City of David in Jerusalem for twenty years. He is credited with several significant finds from the period of the Second Temple of Jerusalem.  Among them was the Pool of Siloam used for Jewish healing rituals and cited in the New Testament account of the healing of the blind man in John 9:1-7.

Dr. Mechael Osband.  Faculty member of The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, and a specialist in the archaeology of the Golan during the Roman and Byzantine periods. His archaeological interests also include ceramic ecology, chemical composition analysis of archaeological ceramics, and micromorphology.

Dan Bahat.  Previously district archaeologist for the city of Jerusalem, Dr. Bahat is known for his excavations in Jerusalem, particularly at the Western Wall tunnels.

Gabriel Barkay.  One of the leading archaeologists in Israel today, Dr. Barkay is best known for his discovery in the Ketef Hinnom excavations of two silver amulets inscribed with the priestly blessing from Number 6:24-26.  These are among the oldest biblical inscriptions ever found.  More recently he has directed with Zachi Zweig the Temple Mount Sifting Project, which is dedicated to recovering archaeological artifacts from 400 truckloads of earth removed from the Temple Mount by the Waqf and Israeli Islamic movement during 1996-2001.

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  • "This was a great program and if I had a chance to do it over again I wouldn’t hesitate. I think your team put in an outstanding effort and deserve more than a pat on the back. I can’t stop thanking you for your commitment to teach us God’s word and open up a knowledge of the land in the life and time of Jesus. Had we done what we had earlier planned to do and tour on our own we would not have learnt a fraction of what you taught us. Even though many people struggled with the climate, I think that that in itself taught us the harshness of the land, and was a good lesson."
    R.A., Israel Trip