Locating the Lost City of the Apostles

About the Event

After years of digging, Professor R. Steven Notley believes he can prove the true location of biblical Bethsaida, also known as the "Lost City of the Apostles.” Get the latest scoop on his excavation site, El-Araj, from Professor Notley and learn why he thinks it is the best candidate for biblical Bethsaida during this special program held in person at Museum of the Bible and virtually through Zoom. Notley will be joined by Steven Fine, Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, as a respondent. A Q&A will take place following the presentation.

Event Details

October 1, 2020

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

General Public: $9.99

Members and Students: $4.99

Gathering Room, Museum of the Bible

Virtually on Zoom


Steven Notley Headshot - The Lost City of the Apostles | Museum of the Bible

R. Steven Notley

R. Steven Notley is Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins on the New York City campus of Nyack College (2001–present) and director of the graduate programs in ancient Judaism and Christian origins. He received his PhD from the Hebrew University, where he studied with David Flusser. Dr. Notley lived for 16 years in Jerusalem with his wife and four children, during which time he was the founding chair of the New Testament Studies program at the Jerusalem University College. He is the author of many books and articles. He continues collaborative research and publication with Israeli scholars in the fields of historical geography, ancient Judaism, and Christian origins. Since 2016 he has served as the academic director of the El-Araj Excavation Project in its search for first-century Bethsaida-Julias, the "Lost City of the Apostles.”

Steven Fine Headshot - The Lost City of the Apostles | Museum of the Bible

Steven Fine

Steven Fine is the Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, director of the YU Center for Israel Studies, the Arch of Titus Project, and the YU Israelite Samaritans Project. A cultural historian of ancient Judaism, Fine’s most recent book is,The Menorah: From the Bible to Modern Israel(Harvard University Press, 2016). HisArt and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaeology(Cambridge, 2005, 2nd ed., 2010) received the 2009 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award of the Association for Jewish Studies. Fine is a founding editor ofIMAGES: A Journal for the Study of Jewish Art and Visual Culture. Fine’s next exhibition,The Samaritans: A Biblical People,will open at YU Museum in fall 2021.