Category Archives: Bethsaida

News and information about the Bethsaida Excavations Project

Why visit Israel and Palestine?

Yesterday I was asked by a journalist for a couple of lines about why I visit Israel so often, and what it means to me as a person of faith? For me, the most important thing about taking students to … Continue reading

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Salah al-Din coins at Bethsaida

Some news about the two Islamic coins recovered from Area T at Bethsaida in 2012. Yesterday I met with Ariel Berman in Kiryat Tivon. He had identified the two coins found in Area T during the 2012 season at Bethsaida … Continue reading

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Study Leave—Week Twelve

This week marks the official end of my study leave, although I will be in Israel for another three weeks and then returning to Australia via St Andrews in Scotland. Much of this past week has been spent of the … Continue reading

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Study Leave—Week Eleven

This has been the second last week of my period of study leave. It has been a time for drawing together some of the loose ends, and a time when the mind naturally begins to think about what lies just … Continue reading

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Study Leave—Week Ten

After two weeks of annual leave—during which time I was travelling in Ireland, France and Germany—I have now been back in Israel for a week, and have resumed my study leave program. The weather has now turned much warmer, with … Continue reading

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Study Leave—Week Nine

Nine weeks have now passed since I arrived in Israel for my study leave, and Easter is here again as the Eastern rite Christians celebrate Easter. That liturgical cycle began for me with an Easter play performed by some of … Continue reading

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Study Leave—Week Eight

This week began with some unseasonal rain, including thunder and lightning through much of Saturday here in Tiberias. The drop in temperatures was enough to send me searching for the ancient electric radiator, much to the delight of Fifi, my … Continue reading

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Study Leave — Week Two

After the excitement of the first week—with my arrival in Israel, settling into the house and the first trip to Jerusalem to work in the coin department at IAA—this has been a much quieter week. My first excursion at the … Continue reading

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Study Leave – Week One

Having been in Israel now for just over a week it may be good to reflect on the first week or so of my study leave. For those family and friends not following the posts to my Facebook account, this … Continue reading

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Bethsaida Study Leave

In a couple of day’s time I will begin an extended period of time in Israel during a combination of study leave, recreation leave and on-site teaching for the annual Bethsaida archaeology project. From time to time I will post … Continue reading

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