December 28, 2011

OAT Israel: Capernaum, Tabgha, Sea of Galilee, River Jordan

Capernaum is an old fishing village on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (now called Lake Kinneret).   A new church was built over the ruins of the home of one of Jesus' disciples, Simon Peter. 
 Remains of a 4th AD synagogue, one of the oldest in the world. 
 In nearby Tabgha is the Church of Heptapegon (The Seven Springs) aka the Church of Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes - protecting the rock where Jesus laid five loaves of bread and two fish before feeding 5,000.

The Church of Beatitudes is situated on the hill where Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount.

 An ancient fishing boat was discovered when the Sea of Galilee was at unusually low levels.
Fisherman used to repair their boats with whatever wood they could find. This boat was made of many types of wood, the oldest from 1st century AD.
Of course, we had to take a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee.
 Baptisms on the River Jordan in the company of Nutria.

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