Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

#1318-1319 Rami Arav – Bethsaida

Iron Age Gate at Bethsaida/Geshur

Iron Age Gate at Bethsaida/Geshur

In 1996, and during subsequent study tours to Israel, we have visited the ruins of et-Tell, which archaeologist Rami Arav believes was the Bethsaida of the New Testament.

Intriguingly, the Iron Age remains at the site seem more extensive than those of the later period. They may be 1,000 years older, and Arav believes the city was the capital of the kingdom of Geshur at that time. Geshur was the home of one of King David’s wives, the mother of Absalom.

During that 1996 visit I was able to sit down with Rami Arav and talk about his excavations. So here is our 2-part conversation, from The Book & The Spade archives.

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