Join Dr. Jodi Magness on an enthralling archaeological journey through Jesus' world!
An online course featuring four 50-minute lessons and Q&A with world renowned archaeologist and professor, Jodi Magness.
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"Archaeology in the Time of Jesus - How Recent Discoveries Have Enlightened The Gospels"

Embark on a captivating exploration of the centuries-old archaeological quest to connect with Jesus. This series of slide-illustrated lectures unravels the mysteries of ancient pilgrimages and the precision of modern science, meticulously reconstructing Jesus' world. 

Delve into the lives of both the elite and the often-overlooked non-elites, including Jesus himself. Despite the challenges of revealing individual stories, this series promises to unveil the tangible remnants of Jesus' time, shedding a brilliant light on his teachings and the context in which they unfolded. 

Lecture Overviews: 

Lecture 1:  Jesus in Galilee

Although the Gospel accounts focus on Jesus’s final days in Jerusalem, he spent most of his life in Galilee.  What does archaeology tell us about the villages and towns of Galilee in the time of Jesus? In this lecture, we survey archaeological remains in the hamlet of Nazareth; the city of Sepphoris; and the towns of Capernaum and Magdala (the hometown of Mary Magdalene).

Lecture 2: Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

In 1946-1947, the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered by accident near the site of Qumran. Eventually the remains of approximately 1000 scrolls were found in 11 caves surrounding Qumran. The scrolls were deposited by members of a Jewish sect – apparently the Essenes – who lived at Qumran in the first century BC and first century AD. In this lecture, we examine the meaning and significance of the scrolls and consider what light they shed on Jesus and his movement.

Lecture 3: Jesus in Jerusalem

Archaeology enables us to reconstruct with a great degree of accuracy the city of Jerusalem as it appeared in the first century CE, where Jesus spent his final days on earth.  This lecture provides an overview of key sites associated with Jesus in Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount; the Lithostratos pavement and Arch of Ecce Homo; and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We also consider evidence for the historicity of the traditions associating Jesus with some of these sites.

Lecture 4: The Deaths and Burials of Jesus and James

In 2002, an ossuary inscribed “James son of Joseph brother of Jesus” surfaced in the hands of a private collector.  A few years later, a Discovery Channel documentary and related book claimed that the tomb of Jesus and his family has been found in Jerusalem.  In this lecture, we examine the validity of these sensational claims in light of archaeological and historical evidence for ancient Jewish tombs and burial customs in Jerusalem, including the burials of Jesus and his brother James.

Purchase this course now for the exclusive chance to personally ask award-winning Dr. Jodi Magness your burning questions during the LIVE Q & A sessions at the end of each day. 

Questions covered in this course:

  • What does archaeology tell us about the appearance of Nazareth and Sepphoris in the time of Jesus?

  • What did the synagogues that Jesus taught and preached in look like?

  • Does the Church of the Holy Sepulchre mark the authentic spot where Jesus was crucified and buried?

  • What did the Jerusalem temple look like in the time of Jesus?

  • Do the Lithostratos pavement and Arch of Ecce Homo mark the spots where Jesus was sentenced to death by Pontius Pilate and mockingly displayed to the crowds?

  • How did the Jews of Jerusalem dispose of their dead in the time of Jesus?
  • Could the so-called Talpiyot tomb indeed be the tomb of Jesus and his family?
  • Did the so-called James ossuary contain the remains of Jesus’s brother, James the Just?

About Your Instructor:

Jodi Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jodi received her B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Her research interests focus on Palestine in the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods, and Diaspora Judaism in the Roman world. Since 2011, Jodi has directed excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee (   

Jodi’s publications include three award-winning books: Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth; The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls; and The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine.

Special Bundled Price $39.95

The retail price for four individual lectures with Dr. Jodi Magness is $59.80*.  However, you can get the entire "Archaeology in the Time of Jesus" course, including lifetime access to ALL four lectures, two Q&A sessions, and bonus materials for the special bundled price of $39.95. 

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  • Four 50-minute lectures by DR. Jodi Magness
  • 2 x Q & A sessions recorded LIVE
  • PDF lesson guides
  • FAQ's
  • Additional reading list to dive deeper
  • Audio downloads for listening on the go

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  • Is this a LIVE course?
    This course was recorded live on MARCH 2-3, 2024. If you purchased this course after March 3rd you will have lifetime access to the recorded version of the course, including the Q & A sessions.
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