Bethsaida: A City by the North Shore of the Sea of Galilee, vol. 3

Rami Arav & Richard Freund, eds.


Detailed account of the continuing archaeological excavation and research being conducted to uncover history at the biblical city of Bethsaida.  (Vol. 3)

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Bethsaida, Vol. 3

Ongoing archaeological excavation and research continues to uncover history at the biblical city of Bethsaida. Experts in the field continue to research and investigate the site, and have retrieved a wealth of information on some of the most critical topics in research from 10th century BCE to 4th century CE. In this volume, thirteen articles shed light on the history of the city and region, and look at the remains dating from the time of David to the time of Jesus.


Toward a Comprehensive History of Geshur.....Rami Arav
“Geshurite” Onomastica of the Bronze and Iron Ages.....Richard S. Hess
Tiglath-pileser III’s War Against the City of Tzer.....John T. Greene
Bethsaida in the Natural History of Pliny the Elder.....Mark D. Smith
The Renaming of Bethsaida in Honor of Livia, a.k.a Julia, the Daughter of Caesar, in Josephus, Jewish Antiquities 18.27–28.....Fred Strickert
Bethsaida in the Gospel of Mark.....Heinz-Wolfgang Kuhn
Peter in Profile: From Bethsaida to Rome.....Mark Appold
The Dying Grain Which Bears Much Fruit: John 12:24, the Livia Cult, and Bethsaida.....Fred Strickert
Ereimos: Was Bethsaida a “Lonely Place” in the First Century CE?.....Richard A. Freund
Bethsaida in Light of the Study of Ancient Health Care....Hector Avalos
The Tannery of Bethsaida?.....Richard A. Freund
Eusebius of Caesarea and the Fate of Bethsaida.....Mark D. Smith
The Antichrist at Bethsaida.....Nicolae Roddy


Rami Arav is director of excavations and research for the Bethsaida Excavations Project, and professor of religion and foreign languages at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Richard A. Freund is project director of the Bethsaida Excavations Project, and director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford.


This book examines recent archaeological work at Bethsaida, which has provided rich and important archaeological discoveries related to the Iron Age and the Second Temple period. The monumental fortification system, town plan, and cultic finds of this Iron Age city makes Bethsaida a unique source for studying the material culture of Geshur, one of Israel’s neighbors.

—Amihai Mazar

This book is interesting, informative, and must be taken into consideration for future discussions of Tzer/Bethsaida.

Review of Biblical Literature

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