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Bible Cities: Bethsaida
Ancient Bethsaida

Map of Ancient Bethsaida

THERE were two places in Israel, not far from each other, called Bethsaida. One of these was a city of Galilee, situated on the western side of the Sea of Galilee, a short distance north of Capernaum. It was the birthplace of the Apostles Peter, Andrew. and Philip. The Saviour often visited it. (Matt. 11:21-23; Mark 6:45-53.) The other Bethsaida was a city in Gaulonitis, north of the same lake, and east of the Jordan. It was originally a fishing village, but was enlarged by " Philip, tetrarch of Iturasa and of the region of Trachonitis," and named Julias, in honor of Julia, the daughter of Augustus. It was "in a desert place," near this Bethsaida - probably on the hillside at the south-eastern angle of the little plain - that our Lord fed the 5000. (Luke 9:10-17.) - Ancient Geography

Ancient Bethsaida - Kids Bible maps This map shows the location of Bethsaida in the land of Israel. There were two towns named Bethsaida on the north part of the Sea of Galilee. On this map is Bethsaida-Julias which is the general location that many believe is where Jesus fed the 5,000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish. Bethsaida is also the town where the people brought a blind man to Jesus and he healed his eyes so he could see!

Bethsaida in Easton's Bible Dictionary house of fish. (1.) A town in Galilee, on the west side of the sea of Tiberias, in the "land of Gennesaret." It was the native place of Peter, Andrew, and Philip, and was frequently resorted to by Jesus (Mark 6:45; John 1:44; 12:21). It is supposed to have been at the modern 'Ain Tabighah, a bay to the north of Gennesaret. (2.) A city near which Christ fed 5,000 (Luke 9:10; comp. John 6:17; Matt. 14:15-21), and where the blind man had his sight restored (Mark 8:22), on the east side of the lake, two miles up the Jordan. It stood within the region of Gaulonitis, and was enlarged by Philip the tetrarch, who called it "Julias," after the emperor's daughter. Or, as some have supposed, there may have been but one Bethsaida built on both sides of the lake, near where the Jordan enters it. Now the ruins et- Tel.

Bethsaida in Fausset's Bible Dictionary ("house of fish".) A city of Galilee, W. of and close to the sea of Tiberias, in the land of Gennesareth (Mark 6:45-53; John 6:16-17; John 1:44; John 12:21). Andrew, Peter, and Philip belonged to it, Near Capernaum and Chorazin (Matthew 11:21; Luke 10:13). When Jesus fed the 5,000 on the N.E. of the lake, they entered into a boat to cross to Bethsaida (Mark 6:45), while John says" they went over the sea toward Capernaum." Being driven out of their course, Jesus came to them walking on the sea; they landed in Gennesaret and went to Capernaum; so that Bethsaida must have been near Capernaum. In Luke 9:10-17 another Bethsaida, at the scene of feeding the 5,000, is mentioned (though the Curetonian Syriac and later Sinaitic omit it), which must have been therefore N.E. of the lake; the same as Julias, called from the emperor's daughter Julia. The miracle was wrought in a lonely "desert place," on a rising ground at the back of the town, covered with much "green grass" (Mark 6:39). In Mark 8:10-22 a Bethsaida on the E. side of the lake in Gaulonitis (now Jaulan) is alluded to; for Jesus passed by ship from Dalmanutha on the W. side "to the other side," i.e. to the E. side. Thus, Caesarea Philippi is mentioned presently after, Bethsaida being on the road to it; and the mount of the transfiguration, part of the Hermon range, above the source of the Jordan (Mark 9:2-3); the snow of Hermon suggested the image, "His raiment became white as snow."

Bethsaida in Hitchcock's Bible Names house of fruits

Bethsaida in Naves Topical Bible 1. A city of Galilee The city of Philip, Andrew, and Peter Joh 1:44; 12:21 Jesus visits Mr 6:45 Jesus cures a blind man in Mr 8:22 Jesus prophesies against Mt 11:21; Lu 10:13 -2. Desert of, east of the sea of Galilee, Jesus feeds more than five thousand people in Lu 9:10; Mt 14:13; Mr 6:32

Bethsaida in Smiths Bible Dictionary (house of fish) of Galilee, Joh 12:21 a city which was the native place of Andrew, Peter and Philip, Joh 1:44; 12:21 in the land of Gennesareth, Mr 6:46 comp. Mark 6:53 and therefore on the west side of the lake. By comparing the narratives in Mr 6:31-53 and Luke 9:10-17 it appears certain that the Bethsaida at which the five thousand were fed must have been a second place of the same name on the east of the lake. (But in reality "there is but one Bethsaida, that known on our maps at Bethsaida Julias." L. Abbot in Biblical and Oriental Journal. The fact is that Bethsaida was a village on both sides of the Jordan as it enters the sea of Galilee on the north, so that the western part of the village was in Galilee and the eastern portion in Gaulonitis, part of the tetrarchy of Philip. This eastern portion was built up into a beautiful city by Herod Philip, and named by him Bethsaida Julias, after Julia the daughter of the Roman emperor Tiberius Caesar. On the plain of Butaiha, a mile or two to the east, the five thousand were fed. The western part of the town remained a small village.--ED.)

Bethsaida in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE beth-sa'-i-da (Bethsaida, "house of fishing"): (1) A city East of the Jordan, in a "desert place" (that is, uncultivated ground used for grazing) at which Jesus miraculously fed the multitude with five loaves and two fishes (Mk 6:32 ff; Lk 9:10). This is doubtless to be identified with the village of Bethsaida in Lower Gaulonitis which the Tetrarch Philip raised to the rank of a city, and called Julias, in honor of Julia, the daughter of Augustus. It lay near the place where the Jordan enters the Sea of Gennesaret (Ant., XVIII, ii, 1; BJ, II, ix, 1; III, x, 7; Vita, 72). This city may be located at et-Tell, a ruined site on the East side of the Jordan on rising ground, fully a mile from the sea. As this is too far from the sea for a fishing village, Schumacher (The Jaulan, 246) suggests that el-`Araj, "a large, completely destroyed site close to the lake," connected in ancient times with et-Tell "by the beautiful roads still visible," may have been the fishing village, and et-Tell the princely residence. He is however inclined to favor el-Mes`adiyeh , a ruin and winter village of Arab et-Tellawiyeh, which stands on an artificial mound, about a mile and a half from the mouth of the Jordan. It should be noted, however, that the name is in origin radically different from Bethsaida. The substitution of sin for cad is easy: but the insertion of the guttural `ain is impossible. No trace of the name Bethsaida has been found in the district; but any one of the sites named would meet the requirements. To this neighborhood Jesus retired by boat with His disciples to rest awhile. The multitude following on foot along the northern shore of the lake would cross the Jordan by the ford at its mouth which is used by foot travelers to this day. The "desert" of the narrative is just the barriyeh of the Arabs where the animals are driven out for pasture. The "green grass" of Mk 6:39, and the "much grass" of Jn 6:10, point to some place in the plain of el-BaTeichah, on the rich soil of which the grass is green and plentiful compared with the scanty herbage on the higher slopes. (2) Bethsaida of Galilee, where dwelt Philip, Andrew, Peter (Jn 1:44; 12:21), and perhaps also James and John. The house of Andrew and Peter seems to have been not far from the synagogue in Capernaum (Mt 8:14; Mk 1:29, etc.). Unless they had moved their residence...

Bethsaida Scripture - John 12:21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

Bethsaida Scripture - John 1:44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

Bethsaida Scripture - Luke 10:13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

Bethsaida Scripture - Luke 9:10 And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.

Bethsaida Scripture - Mark 6:45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.

Bethsaida Scripture - Mark 8:22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.

Bethsaida Scripture - Matthew 11:21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

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