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Sea of Galilee
"When Jesus left Nazereth he passed through the Valley of the Doves to reach the Sea of Galilee. 
From there he went to Capernaum which he adopted as his home town."  (Matt. 4:12-14)
Jesus spent most of his ministry around the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Lake of Gennesaret or Sea of Tiberias. This fresh inland lake is about five miles wide and twelve miles long. The Jordan river both flows into the lake from Mount Hermon and out to the Dead Sea.

Jesus' first disciples were Galilean fisherman, Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John, came from Bethsaida near the sea (Mark 1:16,19).  The gospel tells us that Jesus took up residence at Capernaum on the shore of Galilee not far from Bethsaida. Many of Jesus' miracles including the multiplication of the loaves and fishes take place in Galilee. 

view of Mount Arbel and the Sea of Galilee
| With Jesus in  Galilee | Bay of Parables | Bethsaida | Capernaum | Tagbha | Eremos |Jordan River | Kursi | Nazareth |

view of Mount Arbel and the Valley of the Doves near the Sea of Galilee

field overlooking the Sea of Galilee


Sea of Galilee at Tagbha where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes

a water source at Capernaum which feeds into the lake
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