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The Sea of Galilee - The Ancient Setting for Jesus' Life

Updated: Aug 12, 2023

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The Sea of Galilee

"The region of Galilee gets a lot of attention in the New Testament. Jesus spends most of his ministry walking from town to town around the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee. But what is the character of this region? What does archaeology tell us about the towns that were inhabited in Jesus’ day? This episode examines the archaeology of the towns of Magdala, Capernaum, Tiberius, Nazareth, and Sepphoris." from video introduction.

Map Sea of Galilee and Surrounding Regions
Map Sea of Galilee and Surrounding Regions

"The Sea of Galilee is one of the most familiar bodies of water in the Bible, especially to readers of the Gospels. Many of the events in the earthly life of Jesus Christ took place in the region of Galilee and areas surrounding the Sea of Galilee.

The Sea of Galilee is a vast freshwater expanse located in the Jordan Valley about 60 miles north of Jerusalem. Approximately 13 miles long and 7.5 miles wide at its broadest point near Magdala, the sea resembles the shape of a harp. Situated below the headwaters of the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee is fed with fresh water from snow-topped Mount Hermon and Mount Lebanon. The Jordan River continues out the south end of the Sea of Galilee, flowing downhill until it ends at the Dead Sea. The Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the Dead Sea are all located in the Rift Valley, a geological fissure that forms the longest and deepest crack in the earth’s crust." from the article: What is the significance of the Sea of Galilee in the Bible?

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