The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret)

It was called Kinneret in the Old Testament, and now it’s called the Sea of Galilee, a freshwater lake in the Galilee region of the north of Israel. The lake is settled in a beautiful gorge encircled by mountains, forests, and fields. The lake is surrounded by the Golan Heights mountain range in the east and Tiberias' city in the west. The river of Jordan flows into the Sea of Galilee, and it’s also fed by several underground springs. The Sea of Galilee covers around 166 km², and it’s 21 km long and 13 km wide, and yes, it’s is a lake that people call a sea. And this lake/sea is the primary water resource of Israel.

How was the Sea of Galilee in Biblical Times?

The Sea of Galilee was talked about in the Old Testament, and it was called The Kinneret. But in the New Testament, it was noticed more because Jesus lived in Galilee for a few years in the course of which he preached the word of God in the small villages around the lake and up in the hills. He even found his apostles in the villages surrounding the lake, and he walked on the water of that very lake. It is known that Jesus calmed a mighty storm on the Sea of Galilee and that he helped and fed many people with only two fish and seven loaves of bread. And the most significant thing is that he appeared to his devotees on the shores of the Sea of Galilee after resurrected.

Attractions Surrounding the Sea of Galilee

You can enjoy so many things at the Sea of Galilee. You can enjoy the beautiful nature and idyllic surroundings and hike the Sea of Galilee trail that goes around the lake. If you just want to unwind, you can relax on the beaches. For those that love adventure, there are plenty of watersports and boat excursions. Those that want to reconnect with nature can go camping. And of course, you can always visit religious landmarks. It would be best if you visited Tiberias, an energetic city that homes the graves of Jewish sages, and Yardenit, a baptismal place located at the southern end of the Lake Kinneret. Tabgha, Capernaum, Cana, and Mount of Beatitudes are also significant landmarks that you shouldn’t avoid, as well as the Jesus Boat from the 1st century, at Kibbutz Ginosar.

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