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Friday, September 24, 2010

Uncovering the Secrets of Ancient Bethsaida

A standing stone and portion of the remains of the
ancient city gate of the capital city of Geshur at Bethsaida

For nearly two thousand years, the ancient biblical city of Bethsaida on the shores of the Sea of Galilee had been lost to humanity and was assumed by many to be a myth. Here, according to the New Testament of the Bible, the Apostles of Jesus, Peter, Andrew, and Phillip, were born. Here too, Jesus performed some of his miracles, including healing of a blind man, the feeding of the multitudes, and walking on the water of the Sea of Galilee. And here too, Phillip, the son of Herod the Great, upgraded the city to the status of a Greek city, where he was subsequently buried after his death. It was not until 1987, through the pioneering work of the Israeli archaeologist, Dr. Rami Arav, that the location of Bethsaida was finally revealed. Scientific investigations and excavations have been conducted at the site since 1990 through a consortium of universities. Perhaps the most notable discovery at Bethsaida, in addition to the remains of the Hellenistic-Roman city known by Jesus, are the remains of an ancient Iron Age city dated to the period of ancient Israel's United Monarchy, the time of kings David and Solomon. At that time, according to scholarly interpretation, the city served as the capital of the ancient kingdom of Geshur. It is thought that it was this location that King David visited and where he subsequently married Ma'achah, the daughter of the King of Geshur.

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Interested in becoming a part of this exciting expedition? Go to Bethsaida Today for more detailed information.

One more fascinating note about Bethsaida: The tomb of Herod Phillip has yet to be discovered!


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