JULY 20-28 | 2020
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Academic Programs
9 days

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.

Hotels with half board (breakfast and dinner)
Double room accommodation
Entrances to historical sites, archaeological sites and sightseeing tours
Guide in English
Luxury buses with Wi-Fi
Driver tips, guide and luggage rack
Transfer: Airport – Hotel – Airport
Flight ticket
Travel insurance/doctor
Lunch +- US$25.00 per day
Extras in the hotel (drinks, phone calls, laundry…)

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.
Day 1

Monday, July 20th

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


  • Presentation of the program.

M.A. Ariel Horovitz

* Night in Jerusalem

Day 2

Tuesday, July 21th: Jerusalem

Topic: Introduction.


  • Israel among the Nations: From ancient Israel to the time of Jesus.

M.A.Yehuda Kaplan


  • Tour in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

M.A. Ariel Horovitz

  • Lecture: “The Bible: History or Literature?”.

Dr. Adolfo Roitman

  • Lecture: “Jerusalem and the Temple in ancient Judaism and Christianity”.

Dr. Adolfo Roitman 

  • Lecture: “The Assyrian siege of Lachish in times of Sennacherib”.

Prof. Yosef Garfinkel

* Night in Jerusalem

Day 3

Wednesday, July 22th: Jerusalem

Topic: The main discoveries in the archaeology of the Land of Israel.

Temple Mount Sifting Project

  • Lecture: The most amazing Temple Mount´s treasures.

Dr. Gabriel Barkay

  • The experience of an archaeologist: working at Temple Mount Sifting Project.

Israel Museum and shrine of the book

  • Dead Sea Scrolls;
  • Jerusalem Model in the Second Temple period;
  • Gallery of Biblical Archaeology.

Dr. Adolfo Roitman

* Night in Jerusalem

Day 4

Thursday, July 23th: Jerusalem

Topic: Jerusalem and the Temple in Biblical Archaeology and Hellenistic-Roman period.

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.

Davidson Centre and Archaeological Park

Western Wall

Archaeologist Eli Shukron

* Night in Jerusalem

Day 5

Friday, July 24th: Judean Desert

Topic: The Desert in Jewish spirituality.

  • Masada 
  • Qumran
  • Dead Sea

Dr. Adolfo Roitman & Archaeologist Eli Shukron

* Night in Tiberias

Day 6

Saturday, July 25th: Galilee

Topic: In the footsteps of Jesus.

  • Caesarea Philippi;
  • Mount of Beatitudes;
  • Corazin;
  • Capernaum;
  • Magdala – Dr. Marcela Zapata;
  • Ancient boat museum;
  • Sailing around Sea of Galilee.

Archaeologist Eli Shukron & Prof. David Sedaca

* Night in Tiberias

Day 7

Sunday, July 26th: Jezreel Valley and Mediterranean Coast

Topic: Christianity.

  • Megiddo;
  • Caesarea Maritima.

Archaeologist Eli Shukron & Prof. David Sedaca

* Night in Jerusalem

Day 8

Monday, July 27th: Jerusalem

Topic: Jesus final moments: from history to myth.

  • Mount of Olives;
  • The Garden of Gethsemane;
  • Bethesda;
  • Via Dolorosa;
  • Holy Sepulchre;
  • Garden Tomb.

Archaeologist Eli Shukron & Prof. David Sedaca


  1. Closing conference of the course – Prof. Yosef Garfinkel;
  2. Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s  certification ceremony.

* Night in Jerusalem

Day 9

Tuesday, July 28th: Transfer to Ben Gurion airport

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