Fishing was a major industry of Magdala. Mary Magdalene was from this village on the Galilee. Jesus cleansed her from 7 demons. She and several other wealthy women supported Jesus’ ministry.
The ruins above are from a 1st century synagogue discovered by a Mexican Catholic church who had bought the property in 2006. The site is known as the place where Jesus was known to have preached after feeding 4000.
Mark 8:10: “Now those who had eaten were about four thousand. And He sent them away, immediately got into the boat with His disciples, and came to the region of Dalmanutha.”
We next visited the Byzantine Catholic chapel on the Mt. of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee, known as the place of the greatest sermon ever given: the Sermon on the Mount.
We were within sight of the Golan Heights all day.
From there it was rapid fire 3 locations as the heat index got to 100 degrees:
Capernaum (Hebrew Kfar nahum) on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus performed some of His greatest miracles (Mark 2:1-12; Luke 4:23; John 4:46-54).
Chorazin One of the cities reproached by Jesus for its unbelief (Matthew 11:21).
Bethsaida was the capitol of the Kingdom of Gesher in the days of King David (2 Samuel 3:3) that became a fishing village in the time of Jesus. It was the home of Phillip, Andrew and Peter (John 1:44, 12:21), and the site of Jesus healing a blind man (Mark 8:22-26).
These three towns are called The Evangelical Triangle.
The final visit of the day was a powerful one for editor and me, a ride on an old wooden boat on the Sea of Galilee towards Tiberias. Sailing on that water where Jesus walked (Mark 6:45-62), fulfilled prophecy of Psalm 107:23-30 when He calmed the sea (Mark 4:35-41), and the place where He cooked fish for His disciples after His resurrection (John 21:7-10), was an unforgettable experience. Some of us were moved to tears.