THE EL-ARAJ GALILEE FIELD SCHOOL

In conjunction with the el-Araj excavation, the El-Araj Galilee Field School is intended to enhance the volunteer’s excavation experience. Through the academic curriculum you will be introduced to the historical, cultural and physical settings of Roman Galilee, and how these components inform our knowledge of Jewish life in the Galilee. The aim is to better understand Second Temple Jewish history and its Galilean setting, which plays such a central role in our reading of the New Testament Gospels. Full and partial day field trips to significant historical sites will provide a wider context for our excavation efforts at el-Araj and our search for Bethsaida-Julias. Scheduled lectures by experts in the fields of archaeology, history and religious culture will strengthen our understanding of the people who lived in first-century Galilee. In addition to the academic content, the field school will facilitate extra-curricular activities such as designated swimming opportunities in the Jordan River and designated evening bus transfers into Tiberias. The El-Araj Galilee Field School is committed to enriching your experience while a participant at the el-Araj excavation. 

During the four weeks of excavation at el-Araj the following lectures are under consideration: Motti Aviam, Archaeological Periods of Israel and the Creation of Jewish Galilee -- The Archaeological Evidence; Motti Aviam, Ancient Synagogues in the Galilee; Uzi Leibner, Eastern Galilee in the Roman and Byzantine Periods; Danny Syon, Hellenistic and Roman Galilee Through the Lens of Numismatic Finds; Jacob Ashkenazi, The Sacred Geography in Galilee: Texts, Contexts and Landscapes; Haim Ben David, Golan Synagogues; Jeffrey P. Garcia, Between Jesus and the Rabbis: The Poor, the Gospels, and the Image of God; R. Steven Notley: The Parables and Galilean Spirituality

 What is the difference between Session 1 and Session 2 

Both sessions are virtually the same. The lecture topics and some of the field trip sites differ so as not to be too repetitive for those attending both excavation sessions. 

 

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  • "Can't thank you enough for your input in putting together our Israel adventure! Phil and I were absolutely amazed how beautifully the whole experience went. The schedule was full, but not overwhelming. Steve was incredibly flexible about tucking in extra sites as time allowed and interest was shown. He is an absolute treasure when it comes to guiding a group. Every site added to the richness of my understanding. I would hate to have missed any of them. Some of my sweetest memories where I was most touched were when we got our first glimpse of Jerusalem at sunset, with the driver playing the song " Jerusalem " on the bus. I was also incredibly moved to touch the Western Wall and have a chance to pray there. I hadn't expected such emotional responses in those places! One of the best parts of our trip was the timing. The Land was green and lush, with wild flowers growing everywhere. I think it really helped our group that Phil had us meet weekly before the trip and go over basic knowledge of the Land. That way we felt engaged before we even got there. The booklet you folks put together was also a great resource. To sum it all up, this was the trip of a lifetime for me! I was totally blessed by the experience and am sensing such new richness when I read the scriptures. Thank you for making it all possible. I know we will all be recommending the trip to our church family!!"
    L.A.O., Israel Trip