After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is
the sea of Tiberias.
After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples
at the sea of Tiberias; and in this way showed he himself.
As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his
brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were
fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said,
“and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left
their nets and followed him
Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went
up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him,
bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many
others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The
people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled
made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they
praised the God of Israel
Daily breakfast at the hotel was always very good
Everyone was on the bus by
8:00 am and we were headed for Mt. Arbel.
Mount Arbel is a mountain in The Lower
Galilee near Tiberias in Israel, with high cliffs, views of
Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, trails to a cave-fortress,
and ruins of an ancient synagogue. There are documented
Jewish cliff dwellings dating back to the Second temple period
in the area. Josephus writes about the Roman conquest of
some of the last Hasmonean rebels who dwelt in the cliffs of Mt
Arbel. The area was declared a nature reserve in 1967.
The Arbel is a unique site that combines
nature, heritage and an impressive cliff that overlooks the Sea
of Galilee, the Golan and Mt. Hermon. At the site are remains
of a settlement over 2000 years old. Its residents lived on the
northern edges of the Arbel valley, in a village of natural
caves located on the Arbel cliff and on Mt. Nital on the western
side of the Arbel stream. The site is especially rich in
natural treasures - winter and spring blossoming, nesting
raptors and a variety of mammals that live in the are of the
Arbel plateau and the Arbel stream.
The Mount of Beatitudes refers to the hill in
northern Israel where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.
The traditional location for the Mount of Beatitudes is on the
northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, between Capernaum and
Gennesaret (Ginosar). The actual location of the Sermon on the
Mount is not certain, but the present site (also known as Mount
Eremos) has been commemorated for more than 1600 years.
Other suggested locations have included the nearby Mount Arbel
and even the Horns of Hattin.
Arriving at the site
Catholic Chapel at the Mount of Beatitudes
Pausing to read Yeshua's Sermon on the Mount
And seeing the multitudes, he
went up into a mountain: and when he had sat down, his disciples
came unto him:
And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the
children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you,
and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my
Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in
heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.
Capernaum was a fishing village in the time
of the Hasmoneans (the ruling dynasty of Judea) and is located
on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It had a
population of about 1,500. Archaeological excavations have
revealed two ancient synagogues built one over the other. A
Catholic church near Capernaum is built over the home of Peter.
The town of Capernaum is cited in the Gospel
of Luke where it was reported to have been the home of the
apostles Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John, as well as the tax
collector Matthew. In Matthew 4:13 the town was reported
to have been the home of Yeshua (Jesus). According to Luke
4:31-44, Yeshua taught in the synagogue in Capernaum on Shabbat.
He then healed a man who had the spirit of an unclean devil and
healed a fever in Simon Peter's mother-in-law. According to Luke
7:1-10, it is also the place where the Roman Centurion asked
Yeshua to heal his servant. Capernaum is mentioned in the Mark
2:1, as the location of the famous healing of the paralytic
lowered through the roof to reach Yeshua. According to the
Gospels, Yeshua selected this town as the center of his public
ministry in the Galilee after he left the small mountainous
hamlet of Nazareth (Matthew 4:12-17).
The entrance to Capernaum
look at the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) from Capernaum - can you
see the small boat?
Pausing in the shade as our tour guide, Pamela, tells everyone
To listen to the videos of Pamela talking
about Capernaum, Click Below
The 4th Century Synagogue
The 4th Century Synagogue or the "White Synagogue"
The ruins of this 4th building, are among the
oldest synagogues in the world. The large, ornately
carved, white building stones of the synagogue stood out
prominently among the smaller, plain blocks of local black
basalt used for the towns other buildings, almost all
residential. The synagogue was built almost entirely of white
blocks of calcareous stone brought from distant quarries.
The building consists of four parts: the praying hall, the
western patio, a southern balustrade and a small room at the
northwest of the building. The praying hall measured 24.40 m by
18.65 m, with the southern face looking toward Jerusalem.
The synagogue is made up of four units, namely
the Prayer Hall, the Eastern Courtyard, the Southern Porch, and
a Side-Room near the northwestern corner of the Prayer Hall.
The Prayer Hall, with the facade toward Jerusalem, is rectangular in
ground plan. A stylobate divides the spacious center nave
from the aisles. Stone benches were set along the eastern
and western aisles. The focal point of the Prayer Hall was
in the Jerusalem-oriented wall of the southern nave.
The trapezoidal shape of the court was dictated by the line of
the houses along the main north-south street of the town.
Two staircases gave access to the unroofed porch.
Another staircase was on the northeastern corner of the
courtyard. The synagogue was built almost entirely of
limestone blocks. The decorative elements (lintels,
cornices, capitals, etc.) leave the visitors spellbound.
They synagogue is not earlier than the end of the fourth century
AD according to the Franciscan archaeologists. Other
archaeologists prefer a date in the late third century A.D.
Under the monumental synagogue a basalt-stone wall was found,
which is interpreted by the excavators as the remains of an
earlier synagogue, either of the time of Jesus (according to
Corbo) or of a later date. A first century AD stone
pavement, found under the artificial podium of the monumental
synagogue in the central area of the Prayer Hall, seems to
belong to the synagogue built by a Roman centurion. Jesus
visited several times that synagogue (John 6:59).
Under the side aisles of the Prayer Hall and in the area of the
courtyard, several remains of houses were found with potter of
the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
The 1st Century Synagogue
Beneath the foundation of the 4th century synagogue lies another
foundation made of basalt and appears to be the foundation of a
synagogue from the 1st century, perhaps the one mentioned in the
Remains of the 1st century synagogue
The Town of Capernaum
The layout of the town was quite regular. On
both sides of an ample north-south main street arose small
districts bordered by small cross-sectional streets and no-exit
side-streets. The walls were constructed with coarse basalt
blocks and reinforced with stone and mud, but the stones (except
for the thresholds) were not dressed and mortar was not used.
The most extensive part of the typical house was the courtyard
as well as grain mills and a set of stone stairs that led to the
roof. The floors of the houses were cobbled. Around the open
courtyard, modest cells were arranged which received light
through a series of openings or low windows.
A study of the section located between the
synagogue and the octagonal church showed that several families
lived together in the patriarchal style, communally using the
same courtyards and doorless internal passages. The houses had
no hygienic facilities or drainage; the rooms were narrow. Most
objects found were made of clay: pots, plates, amphoras and
lamps. Fish hooks, weights for fish nets, striker pins, weaving
bobbins, and basalt mills for milling grain and pressing olives
were also found.
The 1st Century Town of Capernaum
Layout of Capernaum
The Synagogue, C. Town Houses, B. Peter's House/The
The traditional house of Peter was close to the lake shore and
was flanked to the east by the main, north-south, road of the
village. Spacious courtyards with a staircase and fire
places were shared by several roofed rooms. The Christian
community of Capernaum paid special attention to a square room.
Located between the synagogue and the lakeshore, it was found
near the front of a labyrinth of houses from many different
periods. In the late first century A.D. it was changed
into a house for religious gatherings. in the fourth
century A.D. the same house was enlarged and was set apart from
the rest of the town through an imposing enclosure wall.
In the second half of the fifth century A.D. an octagonal church
was built upon the house of Peter and remained in use until the
The excavators concluded that one house in the village was
venerated as the house of Peter the fisherman as early as the
mid-1st century, with two churches having been constructed over
Our lunch on this 4th Day of the trip, Saturday, 15 October
2011, was "St. Peter's Fish" at EIN GEV Pearl of Galilee
Restaurant. Many chose the traditional Sea of Galilee
meal, but others opted for either pizza or spaghetti.
The food for the entire trip was excellent and this restaurant
was no exception
Pita, Humus, Beets, Slaw, Carrots, Soup ...
... and of course St. Peter's Fish
The restaurant was on the edge of the Sea of Galilee
Every hotel and restaurant had a sukka set up for Sukkot
In the Galilee seaside village of Kibbutz Ginosar, a historic
archaeological discovery was made on January 24th, 1986. The
discovery rocked the worlds of faith, history and archaeology.
Following a prolonged drought that lowered the Galilee’s sea
level, two fisherman brothers, Yuval and Moshe Lufan, discovered
an ancient boat. In Israel, a land blessed with a rich history
and hundreds of thousands of artifacts, important discoveries
happen on a fairly regular basis. This discovery, though, was
different. Experts were brought in to establish the boat’s
authenticity and exact age using scientific methods, including
three independent precision Carbon-14 dating examinations.
Word of this unprecedented discovery traveled far and fast
throughout the scientific community and to people of faith
around the world. What had been found was a Bible-era artifact
like no other. Some consider it to be among the top ten biblical
archaeological discoveries ever found. The Jesus Boat is a
one-of-a-kind actual touch-point back to the exact time and
place of Jesus.
Doug & Lynda, Duke & Myrl pause to take some photos
Entrance to the Museum
See the Video about the brothers who found
the boat in the Sea of Galilee
The Ancient Boat - The Jesus Boat
Check out our video of the Ancient Boat
The boat would have looked something like this originally
Rita and Paul check out the local olive trees at the Jesus Boat
One of the things we had all been looking forward to was the
boat ride on the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Our cruise on
the fresh water lake was scheduled in the late afternoon while
it was still daylight, but it turned dark before the cruise was
Heading down to the boat
Once everyone was on the boat, off we go
Everyone settles down but that doesn't last long
Soon many were up dancing as we sang numerous songs of praise
Israeli Folk Dancing on the Kinneret Boat
The men get up and show they can dance, too
The men do a simple dance
the sun sets, everyone settles down again to enjoy the lights
around the lake
Way too soon the sunset cruise was over and everyone exits the
As this Saturday, 15 October 2011, winds down, we all headed
back to the hotel to quickly clean up and we're off to have
dinner with Richard & Carolyn Hyde and their family.
Carolyn had suffered a stroke earlier that week and even thou
she had recovered considerably, she still in the hospital and
was not able to be with us. Richard and the family still
wanted us to come for dinner, so we did.
After Richard welcomed everyone
he soon had us in the street teaching us the dance "Mayim Mayim"
not knowing that we already knew the dance. It was lots of
Once in the house, Richard introduced us to his two youngest
children - Avi and Eliana
Eliana & Avi ask Gid to join them as they lead us into a time of
praise and worship
Listen as Eliana leads us in Worship -
"Baruch Ha Ba B'Shem Adonai"
"Father Please Forgive Me"
[Forgive my "off key"
humming in the background - but the song was too good not to
The ladies from Beit Yeshua dance to "Days of Elijah"
After a time of prayer, we headed up to the roof-top for a
Carolyn Hyde is a gifted Messianic singer.
To hear Carolyn's music and learn more about their ministry