The Galilee & Judea

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Jordan River
Mount of Temptation
Sea of Galilee
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esus’ activities around the Sea of Galilee made it known as the holiest and most noble of seas, because its waves had borne the greatest of Kings.  An ancient fishing boat dating from the first century BCE was discovered several years ago in the Sea of Galillee. The eight-meter-long boat is well preserved and contained a cooking pot and an oil lamp. The boat is currently on display at Kibbutz Ginosar, not far from Capernaum.

n olden times, the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee was one of the most densely populated areas in ancient Israel. It was in this region that Jesus found his first disciples and performed many miracles.

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John 6:16-21
That evening the disciples went down to the shore of the lake and got into a boat to make for Capernaum on the other side of the lake. It was getting dark by now and Jesus had still not rejoined them. The wind was strong, and the sea was getting rough. They had rowed three or four miles when they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming towards the boat. This frightened them, but he said, ‘It is I. Do not be afraid.’ They were for taking him into the boat, but in no time it reached the shore at the place they were making for.

Matthew 14:22-24
Directly after this he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head-wind.

Mark 6:50-5 1
For they had all seen him and were terrified. But he at once spoke to them, and said, ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.’ Then he got into the boat with them, and the wind dropped. They were utterly and completely dumbfounded