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While excavations at the Roman-period site yielded impressive remains, the site’s importance is not limited to its relationship with the New Testament. The Bethsaida excavations, under the direction of University of Nebraska at Omaha Professor Rami Arav, have also uncovered the remains of an Iron Age city buried beneath the Hellenistic-Roman town, which is likely to have been the capital of the kingdom of Geshur, a kingdom documented in the Bronze Age Amarna letters that played a central role in the Hebrew Bible. After a revival in the Hellenistic period, Bethsaida played a central role in Jesus’ Galilean ministry.
BAS Library Members Read Rami Arav, Richard A. Freund and John F. Shroder’s “Bethsaida Rediscovered” as it appeared in the January/February 2000 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, including the sidebars “Bethsaida in the New Testament” and “The Case for el-Araj.”
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