Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1096 – Nazareth Village and the Book & the Spade Tour

Nazareth Village is an authentically reconstructed 2000-year old living history museum in the heart of modern Nazareth (population 70,000). We’ve not included it in past tours, it’s actually a fairly recent facility. But I’m excited that we will be spending an afternoon there during our 25th anniversary Book & the Spade tour next February.

In past programs we’ve featured Stephen Pfann, one of the archaeologists whose excavations have helped establish the authentic foundation for this attraction, as well as Shirley Roth, the executive director. On this week’s program, we check back in with Shirley to find out what’s new in anticipation of next February’s visit.

I’m particularly excited about finally having the opportunity to visit Nazareth Village. From everything I’ve read and heard it seems to be one of the best opportunities available to really see life as it was during the time of Jesus, 2,000 years ago.

Traditionally many tours have spent only a couple of hours in Nazareth, for a short visit to the Basilica of the Annunciation, which is well worth a visit. Now there’s a reason to spend at least a half day there and even overnight, which is what we plan to do, for the first time on a Book & Spade tour.

We’d like to invite you to join us on our tour. If you have an interest, please let me know.

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