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Sea of Galilee


Sea of Galilee, boat, Arbel

In the Bible:
Num. 34:11
, mountains on east shore were eastern boundary of the land of Israel;
Lk.5:4, first large catch of fish by disciples with Jesus;
, Jesus heals leper;
, Jesus calms storm;

Sea of Galilee

Demons drive pigs into Sea;
, Jesus walks on water;
Mt. 18:1,
better to tie a millstone around your neck;
Jn 21
, Jesus meets disciples here after resurrection;
Jn. 21:6
, second large catch of fish.

The Sea of Galilee (Yam Kinneret) is a large lake 13 miles long; 7.5 miles wide in the north; 130-155 feet deep; 32 miles in circumference. The Sea receives 75% of its water from the Jordan River springs near Mt. Hermon in the north, but the rest comes from rainfall and springs. The climate is temperate year-round due to being 700 feet below sea level, the lowest fresh water lake on earth.

Average temperatures are 88 F. in late summer and 57 F. in January. Sudden and deadly storms, as recorded in the Gospels, are the result of the Sea of Galilee setting in a basin giving off warm air that combines with the colder air masses from the steep hills that surround the water. Sometimes the winds come over the hills on the west side, but the most deadly winds come from the east over the Golan Heights.
Eighteen species of fish are natural to the Sea, but there are up to thirty-five species living there today. Three types of fish are commonly recognized:
     - Sardines, a daily food in NT. Seem to be the “two small fish” at feeding of the 5,000. Thousands of these are caught each night in modern times.
     - Barbels or Catfish a scaleless and so unclean fish.  May be the ‘bad’ fish Jesus referred to as being thrown aside in Matthew 13:48.
     - Musht, or “St. Peter’s Fish,” can be as long as 18 inches.

Viewing Sea of Galilee from the west side at Tiberias looking:
- east
- northeast
- north
- southeast
Sea of Galilee
  Sea of Galilee, Tiberias
  Sea of Galilee, Tiberias
  Sea of Galilee
  Sea of Galilee, south, beginning of Jordan River
  Beginning of the Jordan River
  Golan Heights east of Sea of Galilee
  Sea of Galilee

Sunset at
the Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee
  Sea of Galilee
  Sea of Galilee
Looking NE Sea of Galilee, east coast
  Sea of Galilee
Looking back east at the morning sun reflecting in the Sea of Galilee Sea of Galilee
  Sea of Galilee, north coast
Sea of Galilee, Mount Arbel
  Sea of Galilee, Galyn Wiemers, Toni Wiemers
Church of the Primacy of Peter in Tabgha, Israel Church of the Primacy of Peter
  church of Primacy of Peter
"Fed my sheep"
North shore of Israel, John 21, Church of Primacy of Peter
  Mount Arbel
  Capernaum north shore of Galilee
  Map of Sea of Galilee
A view of the Sea
Sunset on the Sea of Galilee
Tiberias on the western shore of Galilee
The city of Capernaum. Jesus moved to this city early in his ministry.
Notice the black shore line from the basalt rocks.
Notice the spring of water from under the trees coming from the north and suppling the Sea of Galilee.
The side of the hill where Jesus preached the sermon on the mound.
The shore line near the sermon on the mound where Jesus preached from Peter's boat
The shore where Jesus baked fish for his disciples after the resurrection. This is where Jesus talk to Peter in John 21.
Toni, the Israeli flag and the Sea of Galilee.
Galyn rides across the Sea of Galilee under the Israeli flag.
Toni in the Sea of Galilee at Sunset.
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