Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee is many things, but first it’s a lake. Secondly, for Israel it’s its chief water reservoir and important local tourist attraction. Thirdly, for the Christians it’s the place, where Jesus walked along its shores and performed multiple miracles, recruited four fishermen as his first disciples and was the center of his ministry. See also the Maps of the Sea of Galilee.

Tiberias, the cute little town along the shores of the Sea of Galilee is focused on tourism with its many hotels and the renovated Crusaders castles and walls, but it’s also a religious center for the Jewish religion (next to Jerusalem and Tzfat).

Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee

Today, Sea of Galilee has become a major tourist industry for the locals as well. In Jesus time it was fishing, which was the major form of income. There were 320 fishing boats working the lake and they fishermen sold their catch all over the Roman world.

Jesus declared Capernaum his center of his ministry and used this fishing town as base to spread his message by its boats and shores. He performed miracles, which set the world in flame those times.

He changed water into wine in Cana, heals an official’s son, drives out evil spirits, heals demon-possessed people, deaf and dumb man men, Peter’s mother-in-Law, heals many sick at evening, multiple times miraculous catch of thousands of fish, cleanses many people from leprosy, cures paralytics, man’s withered hand, women in the crowd, raises Jairus’ daughter and others to life, feeds 5,000 people, then feeds 4,000 people, calms storms, coins in a fish’s mouth for temple tax, etc. There are 37 miracles officially registered in the books, but many of the miracles were never written down.

Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee

Here are some towns and sights, which were dramatically influenced and dominated by Jesus around the Sea of Galilee.

  1. Bethsaida
  2. Capernaum
  3. Chorazin
  4. Jesus Boat
  5. Mount of Beatitudes
  6. Tabgha


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