Noted Archaeologist To Deliver Gannon University's Collins Institute Lecture
Posted: February 24, 2016
Bethsaida is one of the most significant archaeological sites in
Israel, a 3,000 year-old city on the north shore of the Sea of
Galilee that was founded in the age of King David and is said to be
the home village of some of Jesus' apostles, specifically Peter,
Andrew and Philip.
"Excavations at Biblical Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee" will
be the subject of Gannon University's annual Collins Institute
Lecture to be given by Carl E. Savage, Ph.D., director of the
Doctor of Ministry Program at the Drew Theological School at Drew
University, Madison, N.J.
The lecture will be on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Room 219 of the
Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St.
Savage is assistant director of Bethsaida Excavations, a
consortium of universities that have been digging at the 20-acre
site since 1995. A specialist in the first century who studies the
origins of Christianity and Judaism, he searches for material
culture-artifacts-to back up the hypotheses of scholars who rely on
written sources to describe ancient civilizations. "You have to
have something that can substantiate what you're saying the world
was like," Savage said.
Bethsaida is a particularly intriguing site because of its
existence spanning two crucial periods of biblical history. It was
once the capital of Geshur, a city that was destroyed by conquest
in 732 BCE. Bethsaida might also be the site at which Jesus
miraculously fed the multitude with five loaves and two fish (Mark
6:32; Luke 9:10) seven centuries later. The city was eventually
deserted due to a geological disaster 1,600 years ago.
Savage's educational background is in biblical interpretation as
well as the sociology of religion, the origins of Christianity and
archaeology. He is a registered professional archaeologist and is a
past president of the Association of Doctor of Ministry
He is the author of "Biblical Bethsaida: An Archaeological Study
of the First Century CE," and "What Does the Bible Mean?" as well
as numerous journal articles and scholarly papers.
Savage began teaching at Drew's Theological School in the fall
of 1999. Savage received his A.B. degree in sociology and religion
from Princeton University, his M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from The
Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and his M.Phil.
degree from the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew. He
received his Ph.D. with distinction in October 2007.
The Collins Institute Lecture is free and open to the public. For
more information, contact Suzanne Richard, Ph.D., director of the
Collins Institute, at 814-871-5605. For more information
about Gannon University's excavations at the Bronze Age site at
Khirbat Iskander, Jordan, click here,