Cargando Eventos

05/18/2019 to 05/28/2019 – Duration: 11 days

Course description:

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

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.


Curriculum and Day by Day Program

Day Description
DAY 1 – Saturday, May 18th

Arrival to Ben Gurion International Airport and transfer to the hotel in Jerusalem


  1. Presentation of the program

M.A. Ariel Horovitz

*Night in Jerusalem

DAY 2 – Sunday, May 19th


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

DAY 3 – Monday, May 20th


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
  2. Davidson Centre and Archaeological Park
  3. Western Wall

Dr. Eyal Meron

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

*Night in Jerusalem

DAY 4 – Tuesday, May 21st

Topic: Jerusalem and the Temple in the time of Jesus

Mount of Olives:

  1. View of the Temple Mount
  2. 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

*Night in Jerusalem

DAY 5 – Wednesday, May 22nd

Judean Desert

Topic: The Desert in Jewish spirituality

  1. Qumran
  2. Masada
  3. Dead Sea

M.A. Yehuda Kaplan

*Night in Dead Sea

DAY 6 – Thursday, May 23rd

DAY 6 – Thursday, May 23rd

Galilee I

Topic: Judaism, paganism and Christianity

  1. Beit Shean
  2. Sepphoris

M.A. Yehuda Kaplan & Prof. David Sedaca

*Night in Tiberias

DAY 7 – Friday, May 24th

Galilee II

Topic: The Galilee at First and Second Temple period

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

M.A. Yehuda Kaplan & Prof. David Sedaca

*Night in Tiberias

DAY 8 – Saturday, May 25th

Galilee III

Topic: In the path of Jesus

  1. Magdala
  2. Mount of Beatitudes
  3. Corazin
  4. Capernaum
  5. Ancient boat museum
  6. Sailing around Sea of Galilee

M.A. Yehuda Kaplan & Prof. David Sedaca

*Night in Tiberias

DAY 9 – Sunday, May 26th
Jezreel Valley and Mediterranean Coast

Topic: Christianity

  1. Megiddo
  2. Caesarea Maritima

M.A. Yehuda Kaplan & Prof. David Sedaca

*Night in Jerusalem

DAY 10 – Monday, May 27th


Topic: Jesus´ final moments: from history to myth

  1. The Garden of Gethsemane
  2. Bethesda
  3. Via Dolorosa
  4. Holy Sepulchre
  5. Garden Tomb

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

DAY 11 – Tuesday, May 28th

Transfer to Ben Gurion airport


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