Bethsaida, Vol. 1
This first volume of a four-volume set reports the initial findings of the internationally recognized Bethsaida Excavation Project. The project is uncovering one of the most important New Testament sites, lost to the world since the first century. This volume examines the finds of the first years of the excavation, including pottery, coins, and much more, as well as Bethsaida’s place in historical literature.
Part 1—Archaeology and Geology of Bethsaida
Bethsaida Excavations: Preliminary Report, 1987–1993.....Rami Arav
Geologic and Geographic Background to the Bethsaida Excavations.....John F. Shroder Jr. and Moshe Inbar
Hellenistic and Roman Fineware from Bethsaida.....Sandra Fortner
Hellenistic and Roman Ceramic Cooking Ware from Bethsaida.....Toni Tessaro
An Israelite Bulla in Phoenician Style from Bethsaida (et-Tell).....Baruch Brandl
The Coins of Philip.....Fred Strickert
Part 2—Literature of Bethsaida
Bethsaida, Tzer, and the Fortified Cities of Naphtali....Rami Arav
Bethsaida-Julias in Roman and Jewish Military Strategies, 66–73 CE....John T. Greene
The Mighty Works of Bethsaida: Witness of the New Testament and Related Traditions.....Mark Appold
Bethsaida in the Gospels: The Feeding Story in Luke 9 and the Q Saying in Luke 10.....Heinz-Wolfgang Kuhn
The Healing of a Blind Man at Bethsaida.....John J. Rousseau
The Search for Bethsaida in Rabbinic Literature.....Richard A. Freund
The volume is...well worth the attention of both archaeologists and New Testament scholars.
—Religious Studies Review
The editors are to be congratulated for producing such a useful and timely volume. They have mixed scientific reports with literary studies to provide a range of information that can be useful to most scholars.