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  • Locations: Nazareth, Israel
  • Program Terms: Summer 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Minimum GPA: 2.5
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Samford Summer in Israel
 May 19 - June 21, 2017
Field Methods in Archeology
Archaeology of Early Judaism and Christianity 


Field Methods in Archaeology (RELG 393) is an intensive, hands-on introduction to American methods of archaeological surveying, excavation, recording, and interpretation.

Archaeology of Early Judaism and Christianity (RELG 394) surveys the history of Israel and the lands of the Bible during the Hellenistic to the Byzantine periods, to present a balanced picture of politics, religion, and economics from a historical perspective. 

The courses are taught during four weeks in the field. Students will travel to Israel where they will excavate the site of Shikhin, a Jewish town very near to, and under the jurisdiction of,  Sepphoris, a city located three miles from Jesus' hometown of Nazareth and that was built as the capital of the Galilee during Jesus' lifetime. The village had a pottery and oil lamp manufacturing industry.  Students will also excavate the village’s Roman period synagogue.

Students will live in Nazareth, tour archaeological sites in the Galilee, and spend a three days in Jerusalem, where they can visit local sites and museums, and from which they can travel to Qumran, Masada, the Dead Sea, and other places. Join our Facebook group at Follow us on Twitter: @shikhindig. 

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Course(s): RELG 393 and RELG 394. Substitute a general education science (IDSC 201), a gen-ed humanities, and a gen-ed social science (choose two).

Credits: 8

Program Fee: $300* (8 credits)
Tuition: $5,760 (8 credits)
Total Costs: $6,060 (8 credits)

*Program Fee includes: room and board, in-country transportation, admission fees, Israeli insurance, on-site toilets.
Program Fee does NOT include airfare.

Dr. James Strange  

Max: (15)

This program is currently not accepting applications.