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We took a boat accross the sea of Galilee, also known as lake Tiberias, sea of Chinnereth (a name linked to the harp shape of the lake/sea), lake of Gennesareth or Bahr Tubariyeh (Arabic name, meaning lake Tiberia) to Caphernaum.


More about the boat on Friday.


The lake's surface is 214m below sea level and 21km by 13km. The fresh water (why refer to at as a sea?) is provided by the river Jordan from the slopes of Mt Hebron. The river flows through the lake and exits in the south, to form the border between Israel and the Kingdom of Jordania. The lake provides about one third of the water requirements of Israel. The rest of the requirement is purified from the Mediteranean. This one third makes control of Mt Hebron and the flow towards Galilee of strategic importance to Israel. The high hills surrounding the below sea-level water combined with abrupt temperature changes contributes to sudden and violent storms on the lake.


Before Biblical times, this area was part of the trade routes (eg. between the Med and Damascus), where the Hittites lived. The land also changed hands a lot, as was wont at the time. When the Israelites under Joshua settled the Promised Land, this area was given to the tribe of Naphtali. Later on, the land slipped gradually back into the hands of gentiles. In 1 Kings 9:10-13 - At the end of twenty years, in which Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the LORD and the king's house, and Hiram king of Tyre had supplied Solomon with cedar and cypress timber and gold, as much as he desired, King Solomon gave to Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee. But when Hiram came from Tyre to see the cities that Solomon had given him, they did not please him. Therefore he said, "What kind of cities are these that you have given me, my brother?" So they are called the land of Cabul to this day.


Cabul means "not happy". Could it be the origin of the the expression "bulldust"?


2 Kings 15:29 - In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.


By the time Jesus left Nazareth to minister around the sea of Galilee, from his base in Caphernaum, this was mostly gentile land.


History continues: Twelve Hezbollah rockets hit the city of Tiberias on the shore of the lake during Israel’s 2006 war in Lebanon.



comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Jan 2016, 01:57
Interesting stuff, Louis.

I like the layers of this image.
Louis: Thank you Ray. The open space against the mountain between the old and new parts of the city are old olive orchards. The trees are not that clear as trees, because of the distance.
This is a beautiful scene Louis... the buildings on the side of the mountain look like they are tilted to the back...

Twelve Hezbollah rockets hit the city in 2006...
will we ever learn the lessons from the past.....petersmile
Louis: Those buildings do look laid back smile Mankind being mankind, will not learn. Greed and self absorption, being important (driving) traits of homo sapiens. Pity - it could have been nice otherwise.
Most interesting Louis! Quite a beautiful scene.
Louis: Thank you Richard - I thought I had to show how these people live.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Jan 2016, 06:11
This is really interesting Louis, thank you
Louis: My pleasure, sir Tiff
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Jan 2016, 06:28
The upper buildings look ready to slide into the sea, Louis
Louis: Hopefully, they are dug in at the back, otherwise you may just be right, Lisl.
When you put all the history together like this, Louis, it really come alive in new ways. Thank you.
Louis: It was put together for me, during the visit. I now see a lot of things, both Biblical and other history, in a different light. As my Israel account continues, you will hopefully pick up some of these "lights".
Hardly a tree at the top. To live there would be a prison to me. I need my wide open spaces.
Louis: To city or not to city. Mary doesn't city smile
interesting text, Louis. great shot too
Louis: Thank you Ayush and hope you had a great holiday - if that is what you did.
surprising city ,a nice day
Louis: Quite surprising, thank you la griffe du loup.
I like the picture and the narrative is once again very interesting. One can only try and imagine quite how this looked in Biblical times.
Louis: Against the mountain there would only have been olive groves. Sheep and goats would also be around. The city would have been a town at best, I guess. Thank you Brian.
The peaceful view hides a turbulent past and a not so peaceful present
Louis: Exactly, Bill.
I wonder if it was called a sea because it taste a bit like seawater, whereas lakes tend not to Louis.
Louis: This lake contains fresh water, due to the through flow of the river Jordan. The one reason that I think of the 'sea' as a misnomer.
Aren't the new developments awful!
Louis: Not beautiful at all, Tom
An amazing place - your image shows it off well...
Thank you for all the history - fascinating stuff isn't it!
Louis: I enjoyed our time there, Elizabeth. Thank you, I enjoy history, especially as it explains a lot about culture, whose history one studies.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 18 Jan 2016, 16:34
The water looks painted by Monet!

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