Bible Cities: Sea of Tiberias
The Sea of Tiberias in the Bible
Sea of Tiberias in Easton's Bible Dictionary
called also the Sea of Galilee (q.v.) and of Gennesaret. In
Old Testament it is called the Sea of Chinnereth or
John (21:1) is the only evangelist who so designates
His doing so incidentally confirms the opinion that he
after the other evangelists, and at a period
subsequent to the
taking of Jerusalem (A.D. 70). Tiberias had by this
an important city, having been spared by the Romans,
the capital of the province when Jerusalem was
thus naturally gave its name to the lake.
Sea of Tiberias in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
John's (John 6:1; John 21:1) designation as better
understood by the Gentile Romans, etc., whom he addressed.
frontGALILEE, SEA or, the local designation.) Lieut.
Kitchener makes the depth 682.554 ft. The neighbouring Kurn
Hattin is an extinct volcano, and the plain is strewn with
basalt and debris. He thinks Khirbet Minyeh the site of
Capernaum. Josephus says the fountain Capharnaum waters the
plain. This may correspond to the modern Ain et Tabighah,
the water of which being brought past Khirbet Minyeh waters
the plain, and would naturally take its name Capharnaum from
that place (presuming that it was Capernaum). The source is
only three quarters of a mile away, whereas it is one mile
and three quarters from Tel Hum and all the water was
carried in an opposite direction, so that it could hardly
have taken its name from Tel Hum. In John 6:16, etc., we
read "the disciples went by ship over the sea toward
Capernaum (the same side as Tiberias), and the sea arose by
reason of a great wind that blew"; then Jesus walked on the
sea to them, and "immediately the ship was at the land where
The day following, when the people on the other side
of the sea (the eastern side) saw that there was none other
boat there save the one whereinto His disciples were
entered, ... howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias,
nigh unto the place where they did eat bread ... they also
took shipping, and came to Capernaum seeking for Jesus; and
when they had found Him on the other side ... they said, ...
When camest Thou here?" In Matthew 14:22 "Jesus constrained
His disciples to get into a ship and go unto the other side.
And He went up into a mountain apart to pray .... But the
ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves, for
the wind was contrary." It might seem strange that the
people did not suppose Jesus had used one of the return
boats which had come from Tiberias, to cross back to that
side in the night.
Matthew undesignedly shows why they could not
suppose so, namely, because "the wind was contrary," i.e.
blowing from Tiberias and Capernaum; owing to this the
ships, probably fishing vessels, were driven to the opposite
side for shelter for the night, for what else could have
taken to the desert eastern side so many boats as sufficed
to convey the people across (Matthew 14:24) back again?
Their question, "Rabbi, when camest Thou here?" implies
plainly that under the circumstances they considered that
His crossing in the night could only have been by some
extraordinary means. The mention of many ships coming from
Tiberias explains also how the people could take shipping to
Capernaum after it had been stated there was no other boat
there save that which took the disciples. The undesigned
harmony of details, incidentally and separately noticed by
the two evangelists, confirms their truthfulness, and
therefore the miracle of Jesus' walking on the sea. The
Gospels - according to Matthew, Mark, and Luke - never use
the designation "sea of Tiberias" (still bahr Tubariyeh),
but the local name," sea" or "lake of Galilee," which shows
they must have written before that became the universal
designation, as it had in the time of John's writing.
Sea of Tiberias in Naves Topical Bible
1. A city next to Lake Galilee
-2. The sea of, a name given to Lake Galilee
Joh 6:1; 21:1
See GALILEE, Number two
Sea of Tiberias in Smiths Bible Dictionary
Joh 21:1 [GENNESARET, SEA OF]
Sea of Tiberias in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
See GALILEE, SEA OF
Sea of Tiberias Scripture - John 21:1
After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples
at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he [himself].
Sea of Tiberias Scripture - John 6:1
After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which
is [the sea] of Tiberias.
Tiberias in Hitchcock's Bible Names
good vision; the navel
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