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  • Galilee
    The province of Galilee is approximately 30-40 miles (65km) from north to south, and 20-25 (45km) from east to west. Southern Galilee is an area of fertile valleys and low hills rising to 2,000 ft. Nazareth and Cana are hillside towns. The main city Sepphoris was destroyed and burnt by the Romans in 3 BC. Herod Antipas rebuilt it during Jesus’ early years. The building of such a city took about twelve years and may well have been a factor in Joseph’s decision to settle in Nazareth six kilometres - an hour’s walk - from Sepphoris. Although it is not stated in the New Testament, it seems likely that Jesus would have visited the city with his young companions from Nazareth. The building of the city of Tiberias in 17 AD diminished the importance of Sepphoris. In contrast to Southern Galilee, Northern Galilee is mountainous with peaks rising to 4,000ft. At the time of Jesus it was a rather inhospitable area.

  • Jordonriver1
    The Jordan River rises in Mount Hermon. Four streams make their way through a series of waterfalls to Lake Huleh. From Lake Huleh the descent is rapid. The river falls from 200ft above sea level at Lake Huleh to 670 feet below sea level at the Sea of Galilee.
  • Baptisiminriver
    Baptism in the Jordan River
  • Jordonentersgalilee
    Where the Jordan River enters Sea of Galilee

  • Seaofgalilee1
    One of the most beautiful places in Palestine set in a ring of hills, densely populated at the time of Jesus. A thriving fishing industry. It is 21 km. long by 12 km wide, 212 metres below sea level. A tropical climate.
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    Sea of Galilee
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    Sea of Galilee
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    Sea of Galilee

  • Capernaum1
    People lived in Capernaum for many centuries before the village was established in the second century BC. Jesus made the fishing village the centre of his Galilean ministry. “As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.” Mk. 1:16-20
  • Capernaum2
    Aerial view of Capernaum
  • Capernaum3
    The Synagogue The cleansing of the man with the unclean spirit. Mk.1:21-28
  • Capernaum4
    “As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.” 1:29-31 Peter’s house
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    Peter’s house
  • Capernaum6
    Excavations
  • Capernaum7
    In 1986 the remains of a 1st Century AD fishing boat was discovered. It is preserved in the Yigal Allon Centre, north of Tiberias.
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    Model of 1st Century AD boat
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    Sea of Galilee

  • Mountofbeautitudes1
    “Blessed are you who are poor for yours is the kingdom of God…” Lk. 6:20...
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    Views of Lake from the Mount of the Beatitudes
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    Views of Lake from the Mount of the Beatitudes

  • Churchofprimacy1
    “Just after daybreak Jesus stood on the beach; …Jn. 21:4”
  • Churchofprimacy2
    “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love you, Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” Jn. 21:15
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    “Come and have Breakfast”.
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  • Churchofprimacy5
    “Simon son of John, do You love me?” … “Lord You know everything; You know that I love you.” Jesus said to him. “Feed my sheep.” Jn. 21:17
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  • Loavesandfish1
    Church of the multiplication
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    Church of the multiplication
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    Icon of Christ
  • Loavesandfish4
    Mosaic of loaves and fish

  • Bethsaida1
    Peter, Andrew and Philip came from Bethsaida. Jn.1:44. Peter and Andrew moved to Capernaum. “They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village: and when he had put saliva and laid his hands on him, he asked him, ‘can you see anything?’ And the man looked up and said, ‘I can see people but they look like trees, walking.’ Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw House of fishermen everything clearly.” Mk.8:22-26.
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    A Casting Net

  • Chorozain1
    “Woe to you, Chorozain! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago…” Mt. 11:21 The Synagogue
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    Chorozain is built on the side of a hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
  • Chorozain3
    Map of Chorozain

  • Nazareth1
    “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. …” Lk.1:26-38
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    “And now you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.” Lk. 1:32 Basilica of the Annunciation
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    “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Lk. 1:38
  • Nazareth4
    Life of Jesus – Basilica door
  • Nazareth5
    Lower Church
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    Entrance to the Grotto
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    Interior of Grotto
  • Nazareth8
    Interior of Grotto

  • Sepphoris1
    Burnt to the ground by the Romans, Herod Antipas began to rebuild it in the year 3 BC. An hours walk from Nazareth, Joseph may have worked in its construction.
  • Sepphoris2
    The seating at the theatre is estimated at 4,500

  • Cana1
    “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’" “And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’"
  • Cana2
    “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’" “And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’"

  • Tiberius1
    Founded by Herod Antipas about the year 20 AD and named after the emperor Tiberias, his benefactor. It replaced Sepphoris as the capital of Galilee. There is no mention of Jesus having visited either city.
  • Tiberius2
    The lake from Tiberias

  • Mounttabor1
    Mount Tabor rises 450metres above the surrounding countryside “Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.” “Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah’ not knowing what he said.“
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    Remains of the Byzantine Church “Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah’ not knowing what he said.“
  • Mounttabor3
    “While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!’ When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.” Lk. 9:28-36 Church of the Transfiguration
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    Church of the Transfiguration
  • Mounttabor4
    Map of Mount Tabor

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The province of Galilee is approximately 30-40 miles (65km) from north to south, and 20-25 (45km) from east to west. Southern Galilee is an area of fertile valleys and low hills rising to 2,000 ft. Nazareth and Cana are hillside towns. The main city Sepphoris was destroyed and burnt by the Romans in 3 BC.