At the Sea of Galilee

Trip Start Aug 23, 2010
Trip End Oct 13, 2010

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Flag of Israel  , Galilee,
Sunday, October 10, 2010

Made it to the Sea of Galilee.  This area was the home base of Jesus' ministry, and where he found his earliest disciples who were fishermen on the lake.  There are numerous churches around the shore, most concentrated in the north.

The city Tiberias was founded by Herod to be a base for the Roman leadership.  It is now a quasi-resort town for Israelis.  I took a bus from there up to a couple churches.  The first was the "Church of the Primacy of St Peter."  The name easily identifies itself as a Roman Catholic church, and the church was built in the early 20th Century after the doctrine of Papal Infallibility was established.  Near the altar was the "table of Christ," which is claimed to be where Jesus and the disciples had a meal.

After a short walk I made it to Capernaum, where Jesus' early ministry was centered.  Now it is run by, not surprisingly, the Franciscans.  There is a modern, ugly church over the ruins of a fourth century synagogue, and some archeological finds. It cost money to get in, but I justified it by considering it a museum more than a church.

Both churches were right on the water.  The "sea" is like a large reservoir in terms of size, and when the Bible describes Jesus going from shore to shore, by boat, to escape the crowds it is easy to see how they could follow him because they could easily see where he was going.  The sea is surrounded by mountains, except in the south where the Jordan river continues its flow.


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