Register for Bethsaida 2018


Interested in this exciting exploration and dig?


Where? The biblical city of Bethsaida, Israel

When? June 21 to July 5

What is Bethsaida?

Bethsaida is the third most frequently mentioned city in the New Testament. It is located at the North Sea of Galilee. Bethsaida was discovered in 1987 and excavated ever since by Dr. Rami Arav from UNO.

The finds: Bethsaida was founded as a capital city of Geshur, a biblical kingdom neighboring to the Kingdom of Israel. In the time of Jesus, the city was the birthplace of three disciples, Peter, Andrew and Philip. Jesus, the man of Galilee, frequented Bethsaida and preformed miracles there.

The Expedition

Several worldwide universities, colleges and individuals take part in the excavations, under the sponsorship of the Hebrew Union College Jerusalem. The expedition resides in Kibbutz Gador Guest House, located in northeast Galilee. The rooms equipped with AC, little kitchenette for morning and afternoon coffee, a small refrigerator. There is a nice swimming pool. Visit:

The schedule

June 21
Arrival to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, transportation to Kibbutz Gadot.

June 22
8:00 AM leaving Kibbutz Gadot to the site for orientation.
12:30 return to Kibbutz Gadot
1:15 lunch
2:00 – 5:00 catching up jet-lag
5:00 – 7:00 orientation
7:00 Dinner

June 23
Explore Galilee

June 24 to June 29 then July 1 to July 4
5:30 AM leaving Kibbutz Gadot to Bethsaida
6:00 AM excavation begins
9:00 – 9:45 AM Breakfast
12:30 PM Return to Kibbutz Gadot and lunch
5:30 PM “Pottery Reading” analyzing and study the finds of the day
7:00 PM dinner
8:00 – 9:00 PM lecture on biblical archaeology topics

July 5
Leave Kibbutz Gadot to Ben Gurion Airport

Participation fees: $2,995.00. Fees include: Full room and board in double occupancy, round trip transportation Kibbutz Gadot – Bethsaida, excavation expenses.

Students’ scholarship is available, please contact Dr. Rami Arav.

Contact: Dr. Rami Arav              Cell. 402-415 1129
220D ASH
6001 Dodge St.
University of Nebraska at Omaha 68182


Download this page as a PDF: Bethsaida-2018-info

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