The 2020 excavation schedule is represented by two 2-week sessions. Session 1 is scheduled from June 26-July 10 and Session 2 is scheduled from July 10-24. The time spent at the excavation will be supplemented by guest lectures and local field trips. Students and non-students are welcome to join us for this unique opportunity. Academic credit is available for active students. 

See also the El-Araj Excavation Project website at: https://www.elarajexcavations.com/
See also the daily blogs posted by Dr. Steve Notley at: https://www.facebook.com/elarajexcavations
To support the excavation with a tax deductible donation visit: https://rally.org/searchforbethsaida

Below is Area A of the excavation with staff and volunteers at the end of the 2019 season. The volunteers are forming the outline of the Byzantine church. The 6 people in the center represent the known or anticipated position of the stone bases upon which the church columns once stood. This area will continue to be exposed in the 2020 season.



(2019) BAR Bible History Daily: Archaeologists Say They May Have Found the Church of the Apostles at el-Araj

(2019) Fox News: Church of the Apostles Discovered Near the Sea of Galilee 

(2019) i24NEWS: The Long Dispute on the Birth Place of Jesus' Apostles 

(2019) Daily Sabah (Turkish Media): Archaeologists Discover Shrine to Apostle Peter in Israel's Galilee

(2019) Haaretz: Church of the Apostles Found 

(2019) Israel and You: Satellite Bible Atlas: Bethsaida From the Sky

(2018) Bethsaida Overview by Sergio and Rhoda in Israel 

(2018) Roman Bath House by Zachary Wong

(2017) NBC Today Show 

(2017) Jerusalem Post

(2017) Haaretz

(2017) National Geographic

(2017) Daily Mail

(2017) Haaretz: Lioness 

(2017) Haaretz 

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  • "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 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