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 modern 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, but subject to change and availability: 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 the same. Some lectures may differ based on availability.

 

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  • "First of all, the trip was wonderful. I realize more and more how much of a gift it was since arriving home. It was a true blessing to have someone of the caliber of Dr. Steve Notley leading it. I know more now about the land of Jesus , the terrain and distances involved. It has made my Bible study come more alive as I can now place all of the locations. That takes sort of the "logical" mystery out of the Bible for me, and I can better focus on the spiritual side. The mere act of such a travel experience -- I had never gone any farther than Mexico -- combined with the Bible history lessons broadened my mind and soul. The trip continues to grow on me since arriving home. In a few years, I hope to take my wife and would not hesitate -- in fact would seek out -- an Emmaus trip. Thanks and God Bless."
    J.S., Israel Trip