Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1513 Remembering Yoram Tsafrir


Yoram Tsafrir

Yoram Tsafrir

During a visit to Israel in 2001 I had a chance to talk with archaeologist Yoram Tsafrir at Hebrew University about his excavations at Tel Betshean. Tel Betshean is one of the most interesting stops on our tours: a Roman city — one of the cities of the decapolis in Jesus’ time, when it was known as Scythopolis. It sits in the shadow of a large tel upon which sat the Old Testament city of Betshean, the walls upon which the bodies of Saul and Jonathan were hung upon after their defeat by the Philistines.

Yoram Tsafrir died last November, he was 77. We present this interview from our archives in his memory.


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