Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1208 – Sepphoris, the Forgotten City

For 15 years now, we’ve been visiting Sepphoris on our Book & The Spade Holyland Tours. Just over the hill from Nazareth, this capital city no doubt had a huge influence on life in that little village where Jesus grew up. Richard Batey was one of the Bible scholars who initiated archaeology on this important site. We talked with him back in 1993, just after a book he wrote about the Sepphoris archaeology was published. A number of excavations have taken place at Sepphoris over the years, and work continues there still. Richard Batey retired from his position at Rhodes College last summer, at the end of a 40-year teaching career.


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