Christian Sites in the Galilee
There are many of the most important sites of Christianity located in the North of Israel - from Nazareth the childhood home of Jesus and to many of the sites in the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) region.
Several formative events in the New Testament take place around the Sea of Galilee. According to the New Testament Jesus moved to this region as a young man after leaving his home town of Nazareth. On its shores he recruited his first disciples. The New Testament tells that as he performed various miracles, his fame spread and multitudes of people came to hear him preach and be in his company.
Visiting the following pilgrimage sites in the Galilee and Sea of Galilee regions is a highlight of any Christian tour of Israel.
Entry to all of these sites, with the exception of the Yardenit Baptismal site, requires modest dress – no shorts or sleeveless.
Yardenit is located at the northern end of the lower or long Jordan River, near where it flows south out of the Sea of Galilee. The Yardenit, (meaning 'little Jordan' in Hebrew) is visited by hundreds of thousands of Christian pilgrims every year, many of whom revere it as the baptismal site and come to be baptized themselves. Some pilgrims choose to have second baptisms or rededications at the Yardenit.
In January 1986, two brothers, members of neighboring Kibbutz Ginosar, discovered the wreck of a 2,000 year old ancient fishing boat lying in the mud of the Sea of Galilee. The boat was discovered in an area several hundred meters 'offshore' that had become exposed when the lake receded after two years of severe drought.
Sitting on a spur of a hill overlooking Tabgha and Capernaum, the Mount of the Beatitudes is revered as the site where according to Christian tradition Jesus delivered the "Sermon on the Mount" (Mathew 5:1-35). The Mt. of the Beatitudes is also revered as where Jesus chose 12 of his disciples as apostles (Luke 6:12).
Tabgha, located is revered by as the site of the "multiplication of the fish and the loaves" in Mathew 14:13-21 and Mark 6:30-46, also referred to as the feeding of the multitudes. The name Tabgha is derived from the Greek Hepta Pegai or Heptapegon, meaning seven springs.
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