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12/29 – 01/08/2020
11 dias
Programas Acadêmicos

Biblical Archaeology, Dec 2019 in cooperation with Pillar College. The course focuses on the most important biblical archaeology sites of Israel.

This course is based on both Biblical historiography and modern archaeology in order to analyze the social, political, spiritual and cultural context of the Bible from the times of King David to the times of Jesus. Emphasis is placed on the scientific aspects, trying to understand what happened in the Land of Israel in the last 3000 years.

Various periods of biblical history will be studied within their greater Near Eastern and European contexts, thus mentioning different peoples such as the Philistines, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans and others. Thru archaeological findings we will try to reconstruct ancient realities, by understanding the motivations of the different peoples and personalities that lived in this Land. The methodology used during the course is based on three pillars:

  • Previous reading of study material
  • Classes at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • “Classes” in the field with recognized archaeologists
Hotels with half board (breakfast and dinner)
Double room accommodation
Entrances to historical sites, archaeological sites and sightseeing tours
Guide in the language in Portuguese/Spanish
Luxury buses with Wi-Fi
Driver tips, guide and bellboy
Transfer: Airport – Hotel – Airport
Flight ticket
Travel insurance/doctor
Lunch +- US$25.00 per day
Extras in the hotel (drinks, phone calls, laundry…)

Course Objectives:

  1. To understand the historical and geographical context of the Bible.
  2. To introduce students to critical interpretations of Biblical history.
  3. To understand basic concepts of archaeology and specifically Biblical archaeology.
  4. To evaluate the perspectives of Biblical “maximalists” and “minimalists”.

Student learning outcomes

The student will:

  • Have knowledge of the most important archaeological findings and their relationship to Biblical history.
  • Have a basic understanding of methodologies in the archaeology field.
  • Be able to understand  main topics in Biblical archaeology.
  • Contextualize Biblical chronology and major events in the greater ancient Near Eastern world.
  • Deep his knowledge on Biblical criticism.


  • Wide knowledge on the Bible.
  • Basic knowledge on the history of Ancient Near East.
  • Basic knowledge on Biblical Geography.
  • Full knowledge on Biblical chronology.


  • The classes will be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • Most of the classes will be held in the field by renowned archaeologists  and historians.
  • The course is open to the general without distinction of race, creed or religion.
  • This is not a regular tour to the Holy Land or a religious pilgrimage but an academic course with studies tours and without any link to any religion or ideology.
  • Moriah International Center has the right to make any changes in the program according to special circumstances.

Sunday, December 29: Welcome!

Arrival to Ben Gurion International Airport and transfer to the hotel in Jerusalem
  • Presentation of the program – Prof. David Sedaca & M.A. Ariel Horovitz

*Night in Jerusalem


Monday, December 30: Jerusalem

Topic: Introduction


Israel among the Nations: From ancient Israel to the time of Jesus – M.A.Yehuda Kaplan


  1. Tour in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – M.A. Ariel Horovitz
  2. Lecture: “The Bible: History or Literature?” – Dr. Adolfo Roitman
  3. Lecture: “Jerusalem and the Temple in ancient Judaism and Christianity” – Dr. Adolfo Roitman
  4. Lecture: “Introduction to Biblical Archaeology” – Prof. David Sedaca

*Night in Jerusalem


Tuesday, December 31: Jerusalem

Topic: Jerusalem and the Temple in the time of Jesus

Mount of Olives:

  • View of the Temple Mount
  • “Day of the Lord and Kingdom of God: Jewish Eschatological Hopes”, Dr. David Schroeder
  • Archaeological excavations at Emek Tzurim

M.A. Ariel Horovitz and Prof. David Sedaca

Israel Museum and shrine of the book

  1. Dead Sea Scrolls
  2. Jerusalem Model in the Second Temple period
  3. Gallery of Biblical Archaeology 

Dr. Adolfo Roitman

Evening Lecture: Introduction to Biblical Archaeology – Prof. David Sedaca

*Night in Jerusalem


Wednesday, January 01: Jerusalem

Topic: Jerusalem and the Temple in Biblical Archaeology and Hellenistic-Roman period
  1. City of David
    • View of Jerusalem of the First Temple period
    • Palace of King David?
    • The “G” Area
    • Warren Shaft
    • Hezekiah´s Tunnel
    • Siloam Pool
  1. Davidson Centre and Archaeological Park
  2. Western Wall

Dr. Eyal Meron

*Night in Jerusalem


Thursday, January 02: Judean Desert

Topic: The Desert in Jewish spirituality
  1. Qumran
  2. Masada
  3. Dead Sea

Dr. Eyal Meron

*Night in Tiberias


Friday, January 03: Galilee I

Topic: Judaism, paganism and Christianity
  1. Beit Shean
  2. Sepphoris

Dr. Eyal Meron & Prof. David Sedaca

Evening Lecture: The New Testament Archaeology – Prof. David Sedaca

*Night in Tiberias


Saturday, January 04: Galilee II

Topic: The Galilee at First and Second Temple period

  1. Tel Hatzor
  2. Caesarea Philippi
  3. Golan Heights

Dr. Eyal Meron & Prof. David Sedaca

*Night in Tiberias


Sunday, January 05: Galilee III

TopicIn the path of Jesus

  1. Magdala
  2. Mount of Beatitudes “The Kingdom of Jesus”, Dr. David Schroeder
  3. Corazin
  4. Capernaum
  5. Ancient boat museum
  6. Sailing around Sea of Galilee

Dr. Eyal Meron & Prof. David Sedaca

*Night in Tiberias


Monday, January 06: Jezreel Valley and Mediterranean Coast


  1. Megiddo
  2. Caesarea Maritima

Dr. Eyal Meron & Prof. David Sedaca

*Night in Jerusalem


Tuesday, January 07: Jerusalem

TopicJesus final moments: from history to myth

  1. The Garden of Gethsemane
  2. Bethesda
  3. Via Dolorosa
  4. Holy Sepulchre
  5. Garden Tomb, “Covenant in Hebrew and Christian Faiths”, Dr. David Schroeder

Dr. Eyal Meron & Prof. David Sedaca


  1. Closing conference of the course – Dr. Adolfo Roitman
  2. Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s  certification ceremony

*Night in Jerusalem


Wednesday, January 08: Transfer to Ben Gurion airport

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