Photo: Hanan Shafir

The Capital of the Kingdom of Geshur

Who knows what surprises may still be waiting to be revealed at Bethsaida? Possibly the fortified city of Geshur from the Hebrew Bible, in the New Testament Bethsaida was the site of some of Jesus’ most important miracles and the birthplace of three apostles.

Biblical Archaeology: From the Ground Down

How does a dig team work? What do archaeologists look for at a dig? In this documentary DVD, learn how excavators work and what we can learn from archaeology. More information.

This year we plan to excavate the 10th-century city gate and sections of the Roman Imperial Cult temple.

Rami Arav

Rami AravRami Arav is a professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the departments of philosophy, religion and history.

Dig Directors

Rami Arav

Geographic Location

1 mile off the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee

Periods of Occupation

Iron Age, Hellenistic, Roman

Dates of the Dig

June 21 – July 5, 2018

Minimum Stay

2 weeks

Application Due

June 5, 2018


$2,995 per person

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

3 credits awarded by the University of Nebraska at Omaha


Location: Kibbutz Gadot Guest House. Full board, round trip transportation to the site. Double occupancy.


Dr. Rami Arav
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68182
Phone: 402-415-1129

Open for tours


Take a video tour of the site with BAS’s Director of Educational programs, Sarah K. Yeomans.