Join 1st Century Village Excavation in Israel With Nyack

This coming summer will mark the beginning of excavations of a first century village on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Nyack College, along with other institutions, will be leading a group of students and faculty. (Pictured l-r) Archaeologist Eli Shukron; Professor Steven Notley, Nyack College; Marc Turnage, Center for Holy Lands Studies; Professor Robert Stallman, Northwest University; and Professor Buzz Brookman, North Central University with the discovered basalt capital. Dr. Notley is director of Nyack’s graduate program in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins.

The site, El Araj, is thought to be the location of the ancient fishing village of Bethsaida, where the New Testament states that Jesus ministered and performed miracles (e.g., Luke 9:10). The site has never been fully excavated and this is an opportunity to participate in an event of inestimable cultural, historical, and religious value.

Directed by archaeologist, Mordechai Aviam, Professor of Archaeology at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, the two-week excavation will introduce participants to archaeological methods while actually employing them. The excavations will be complemented by various field trips throughout the Galilee, the Golan Heights, and Jerusalem. 

To learn more about how to be a part of this historical event, click here for the itinerary and costs. For additional information, contact or