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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Testimonials

  • "Rarely a day passes when I don't think of something we did while on that wonderful trip. During the past year I have received many invitations from churches, Bible study groups, men’s breakfast groups as well as secular organizations to share of my experiences in Israel. God is sure using our time together in Israel as means of sharing his word in ways I would otherwise have never had the opportunity to do. Interest in Israel here in my community is so high at present. I use a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate my message. Many of the photos I use come from the collection you so kindly gave us after our departure - again, thank you. One of your opening remarks I remember was that while we would be introduced to much while in Israel during the two weeks of the tour, we would probably spend a lifetime unpacking the experience in our Christian walk. I think of that often and I want to let you know that your words are proving to be so true. I look forward to one day accompanying you (Wink) and Steve on another tour, perhaps back to Israel or even to Greece and Turkey. I am praying for your ministry and thank God for your work, may He continually richly bless you."
    M.T., Israel Trip