Archaeological Excavation Makes Headlines Worldwide

Last July, students and faculty from Nyack College were part of an archaeological team whose excavations uncovered evidence of the ancient city, Bethsaida-Julias. The ancient city on the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee is chronicled in the New Testament as the home of three of the apostles: Peter, Andrew and Philip (John 1:44; 12:21).

The excavations were conducted under the auspices of the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at Kinneret College (Israel). Dr. R. Steven Notley of Nyack College served as the El-Araj Excavation Project academic director. Dr. Notley is distinguished professor of New Testament and Christian Origins and director of graduate programs in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins at Nyack.

Along with students and faculty from Nyack, volunteers from the United States and Hong Kong joined in the project. National Geographic, Fox News, "The Today Show," USA Today, Newsweek, and The Jerusalem Post were among the dozens of media outlets reporting on this historic archaeological dig.