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11/06/2017 to 11/16/2017 – Duration: 11 Days

This course is based on both Biblical historiography and modern archaeology in order to analyze the social, political, spiritual and cultural context of the Bible from the times of King David to the times of Jesus.
Emphasis is placed on the scientific aspects, trying to understand what happened in the Land of Israel in the last 3000 years.
Various periods of biblical history will be studied within their greater Near Eastern and European contexts, thus mentioning different peoples such as the Philistines, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans and others.
Through archaeological findings we will try to reconstruct ancient realities, by understanding the motivations of the different peoples and personalities that lived in this Land.

The methodology used during the course isbased on three pillars:

  • Previous reading of study material
  • Classes at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • “Classes” in the field with recognized archaeologists

Course Objectives:

  1. To understand the historical and geographical context of the Bible
  2. To introduce students to critical interpretations of Biblical history
  3. To understand basic concepts of archaeology and specifically Biblical archaeology
  4. To evaluate the perspectives of Biblical “maximalists” and “minimalists”


Curriculum and Day by Day Program

Day Description
Day 1 – Arrival to Ben Gurion International Airport and transfer to the hotel


Program presentation

M.A. Ariel Horovitz

* Night in Jerusalem


Day 2 – Jerusalem


Topic: Introduction

Morning: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Opening Conference: “The Jewish religiosity in the Greek-Roman world” – Dr. Adolfo Roitman
  • Conference: “Messianic models of the Second Temple Judaism” – Dr. Adolfo Roitman
  • Tour at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  1. Nicanor Tomb
  2. Archaeology Institute
  3. View of the city of Jerusalem and of the Judean Desert

M.A. Ariel Horovitz


  • Ariel Centre
  • The Israelite Tower and the Broad Wall

M.A. Ariel Horovitz

* Night in Jerusalem


Day 3 – Jerusalem


Topic: Jerusalem in the First and Second Temple period

  • Mount of the Temple
  • City of David:
    • Newest descoveries
    • Bullas & G area
    • House of David´s tombs
    • Siloam Inscription
    • The Byzantine Siloam Pool
    • Givati parking excavations
  • Herodian street to the Temple

Archaeologist Eli Shukron

* Night inJerusalem

Day 4 – Judean Hills Topic: Israel and the Philistines among the Assyrians and the Babylonians

  • Khirbet Qayafa
  • Tel Lajish
  • Tel Maresha
  • Archaeological Excavations at Tel Maresha

M.A. Yehuda Kaplan

* Night in Jerusalem

Day 5 – Jerusalem  

Topic: Jerusalem in the Second Temple period

Morning: Israel Museum

Conference: “From Essenism to Monasticism” – Dr. Adolfo Roitman

  • Biblical Archaeology Wing:
    • Artifacts from the First & Second Temple period *
    • Judaica wing

* The artifacts that will be visited will be different in comparison to the first course

Dr. Adolfo Roitman

Afternoon: The Old City of Jerusalem

  • The Burnt House
  • Western Wall Tunnels

M.A. Ariel Horovitz

* Night in Jerusalem


Day 6 – Dead Sea & the Judean Desert


Topic: The Monastic phenomenon at the Judean Desert

  1. Martirius Monastery
  2. Good Samaritan Museum
  3. Saint George Monastery
  4. Jericho
  5. Dead Sea
  6. Qasser Al Yahud – Baptism Site at the Jordan River

Archaeologist Avner Goren and Prof. David Sedaca

* Night in Tiberias

Day 7 – Galilee & Golan Heights


Topic: From the Biblical period to the Great Revolt

  1. Tel Dan
  2. Gamla
  3. Panoramic of the Sea of Galilee

Archaeologist Avner Goren and Prof. David Sedaca

* Night in Tiberias


Day 8 – Galilee


Topic: Following Jesus path

  1. of Beatitudes – Conference: “The ethical principles of Jesus and the western culture”. Prof. David Sedaca
  2. San Peter´s Primacy Church
  3. Kursi
  4. Bethsaida
  5. Genesareth: Meeting with the brothers who discovered the ancient boat
  6. Sailing around the Sea of Galilee

Archaeologist Avner Goren and Prof. David Sedaca

* Night in Jerusalem


Day 9 – South Jerusalem


Topic: Bethlehem and Herodium

    1. Herodium
    2. Bethlehem

M.A. Ariel Horovitz and Prof. David Sedaca


  1. Free

* Night in Jerusalem


Day 10 – Jerusalem


Topic: The last moments of Jesus and the first Christians

  1. Chapel of the Ascension
  2. Church Pater Noster
  3. of Olives
  4. Dominus Flevit
  5. Gethsemane
  6. San Peter in Gallicantu
  7. Garden Tomb

Dr. Ophir Jacobson and Prof. David Sedaca


Closing Conferene – Dr. Adolfo Roitman

Hebrew University of Jerusalem´s certification ceremony

* Night in Jerusalem

 Day 11

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport


For more information:

Moriah International Center

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