Ancient Jewish Village Found in the Galilee

By the Samford University team: An archaeological expedition directed by Samford University religion professor James Riley Strange has uncovered the remains of a Jewish village in the Galilee sector of Israel. Strange announced the discovery along with fellow directors Mordechai Aviam of the Institute for Galilean Archaeology at the Kinneret Academic College in Israel and…

Roman Base Uncovered in Galilee

Israeli archaeologists uncover base of 6th Roman Legion in Galilee Some more exciting archaeological news out of the Holy Land: Israeli archaeologists have found ruins they believe are the site of one of the two Roman legions based in the country between 120 and 300 C.E. Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Yotam Tepper had long suspected…

Samson Mosaic Excavated in Galilee Synagogue

Monumental synagogue building discovered in excavations in Galilee: A monumental synagogue building dating to the Late Roman period (ca. 4th-5th centuries C.E.) has been discovered in archaeological excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee. The excavations are being conducted by Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and David Amit and Shua…

Leeches Invade Sea of Galilee

Sad news this. From Haaretz: Leeches have invaded Lake Kinneret’s [the Sea of Galilee’s] shores – for the second time in seven years. Standing in the water for as little as two minutes will cause your legs to be covered in hundreds of leeches. These particular types are not blood-suckers, making them relatively easy to…

The Jesus Trail in Galilee Inaugurated

As Bible Places reports: Several years ago some private individuals developed the “Jesus Trail” for travelers who wished to walk from Nazareth to Capernaum. We described this effort at some length last year. Yesterday the government Israel dedicated the “Gospel Trail,” a route that travels the same ground as the “Jesus Trail” and apparently competes with it.…