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Fantastic Archeology Near The Sea Of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) sits below sea level and at the top end of the Jordan Valley. It is also a prominent historical location which is rich in archaeological finds. We were blown away by these sites and the richness of history that they represent.

Capernaum

Capernaum was a Jewish village on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and it was where Peter, the apostle had a home in which Jesus resided for a period of time. Here it was purported that he healed people and the story goes that Jesus walked on water. The village housed a couple of synagogues and was established just prior to the birth of Christ.

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Magdala

This town was only discovered in 2009 and it was also where Jesus taught and reportedly performed miracles. The town was named after Mary Magdalene and contains the oldest synagogue, built in the first century. Currently there is a beautiful church with as a backdrop, the Sea of Galilee.

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Bet She’an

Bet She’an is a remarkable site, spread over several hundred acres. This major town was a cross road for travellers and had been a home to Jews since about 1000 B.C.E. The ruins are in very good shape and there is evidence that Egyptians and Phillistines conquered this land before the Romans took it over. It is their architecture that dominates the excavation site.

The site houses an amphitheatre, bath houses, temples, lavatories, viaducts and many other rooms. It sustained a major earthquake in 749 B.C.E. which toppled many of the columns and they are in the same position today. There are well preseved mosaic tiles which you can actually walk on as they have been sealed.

The thing that is striking is the size of the columns and some of the stones which had to be moved and placed in their proper position before the advent of modern machinery.

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Israel is a tiny country, but go digging anywhere and you are likely to come across some archaelogical artifacts. Leaving these sites we travelled along the Jordan River, looking across from at Jordan with a high-tech fence as a first line of defense against any infiltrators. Israel and its military always has to be on guard.

Posted by PassionRetirees 19:02 Archived in Israel

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