Galilee, Sea of

Galilee, Sea of

A harp-shaped freshwater lake in the district of Galilee in northern Palestine, given various names throughout history: “Sea of Chinnereth” (or “Chinneroth”), from the Hebrew word for a harplike instrument (Num 34:11; Josh 12:3; Josh 13:27); “Sea of Tiberias” (John 6:1; John 21:1); “Lake of Gennesaret” (Luke 5:1); and “waters of Gennesaret” (1Macc 11:67). Elsewhere, it is referred to simply as “the lake” (Luke 5:2; Luke 8:22-33) or “the sea” (John 6:16-25). It appears as the “Sea of Galilee” in (Matt 4:18; Matt 15:29 and Mark 1:16; Mark 7:31). The Jordan River, carrying the melted snows of Mt. Hermon, enters the lake from the north, flows through its thirteen-mile length, and continues its course after leaving the lake along the southwestern shoreline. The water surface of the lake varies according to the season and the amount of rainfall. At its widest part, the lake measures about eight miles, and its circumference is about thirty-two miles. Due to the height of the hills (1,200 to 1,500 feet) surrounding the below-sea-level lake, abrupt temperature shifts occur, causing sudden and violent storms, as the NT accounts indicate (Matt 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25; Matt 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-52; John 6:16-21).

Num 34:11

11and the boundary shall continue down from Shepham to Riblah on the east side of Ain; and the boundary shall go down, and reach the eastern slope of the sea of ... View more

Josh 12:3

3and the Arabah to the Sea of Chinneroth eastward, and in the direction of Beth-jeshimoth, to the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea, southward to the foot of the ... View more

Josh 13:27

27and in the valley Beth-haram, Beth-nimrah, Succoth, and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of King Sihon of Heshbon, the Jordan and its banks, as far as the lowe ... View more

John 6:1

Feeding the Five Thousand
1After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias.

John 21:1

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples
1After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way.

Luke 5:1

Jesus Calls the First Disciples
1Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God,

1Macc 11:67

67Jonathan and his army encamped by the waters of Gennesaret. Early in the morning they marched to the plain of Hazor,

Luke 5:2

2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.

Luke 8:22-33

Jesus Calms a Storm
22One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they put out,23an ... View more

John 6:16-25

Jesus Walks on the Water
16When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, an ... View more

Matt 4:18

Jesus Calls the First Disciples
18As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net int ... View more

Matt 15:29

Jesus Cures Many People
29After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down.

Mark 1:16

Jesus Calls the First Disciples
16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fisherm ... View more

Mark 7:31

Jesus Cures a Deaf Man
31Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.

Matt 8:23-27

Jesus Stills the Storm
23And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.24A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by t ... View more

Mark 4:35-41

Jesus Stills a Storm
35On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him w ... View more

Luke 8:22-25

Jesus Calms a Storm
22One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they put out,23an ... View more

Matt 14:22-33

Jesus Walks on the Water
22Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.23And after he h ... View more

Mark 6:45-52

Jesus Walks on the Water
45Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.46A ... View more

John 6:16-21

Jesus Walks on the Water
16When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, an ... View more

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