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Biblical-era town discovered in Israel

Posted on Wednesday, 18 September, 2013 | Comment icon 17 comments

Fishermen on the Sea of Galilee. Image Credit: Detroit Publishing Co.

The Sea of Galilee town could be Dalmanutha, a place visited by Jesus after he fed the four thousand.

The town was discovered during a field survey in Israel's Ginosar valley and dates back 2,000 years. Researchers believe that it could be Dalmanutha, the place to which Jesus sailed after his miraculous feeding of four thousand people with a few loaves and fish.

The wreck of a boat dating back to the same time period was discovered nearby in 1986 but the significance of the find hadn't been realised until now.

The Gospel of Mark details Jesus' visit to Dalmanutha as follows:

"[Jesus] got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha. The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. He sighed deeply and said, 'Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.'Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side."

Researchers believe that the town would have been a prosperous one during biblical times with a strong focus on fishing. Architectural and pottery evidence suggests that its inhabitants would have consisted of both Jews and people who followed polytheistic religions living side by side.

Source: NBC News | Comments (17)

Tags: Galilee, Dalmanutha, Israel

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Comment icon #8 Posted by Reann on 20 September, 2013, 15:07
I consider realities something of great importance.Experiencing spirituality begins within ones very own reality . I consider that the source from which all nature is , consist of higher dimensions of realities , yet we in our conscious mind of being can not fathom this entirely. For example, the source which is labeled as God has always been known as omniscient ,omnipotent ,omnipresent , how is this so? Can it be in relation to the presence of an electromagnetic field , which is a higher dimension of reality as well? there's also much that scientist are experimenting with and h... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by davros of skaro on 20 September, 2013, 16:40
I can visit many places in New England that Stephen King used as place names,but I will not come back believing in a killer car,a teenage girl with telekinesis,or a town run by Vampires etc etc..... (all 4 Gospels are from unknown Greek educated writers like Roman priests were educated in.) Mark 65-70 CE Matthew 75-80 CE Luke 75-90 CE John 85-100 CE Bart Ehrman Richard Carrier
Comment icon #10 Posted by HerNibs on 20 September, 2013, 16:47
Cool discovery. But - London doesn't make Harry Potter real. Nibs
Comment icon #11 Posted by AtlantisRises on 20 September, 2013, 21:22
Jesus is everywhere... All around us, In everything and everyone and everyplace and everytime. But not there.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Reann on 21 September, 2013, 12:37
hm, not there ? like , in not only there at that one place at one particular time, but everywhere...I like that observation...
Comment icon #13 Posted by freetoroam on 21 September, 2013, 13:42
Who says he lied? he was the not the one who wrote the new testament. I believe he did exist, but as for the "miracles", thats highly debatable, I used to believe in magic until I found out it was a trick. In the days of jesus there must have been many who were discovering the wonders of magic and illusions and the power it can create over others. Today we have many more men doing the same sort of thing, but much more advance and even more bewildering. I wonder if David Blaine will ever have a book written about him in years to come and he will be seen as the new Jesus of our tim... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by davros of skaro on 21 September, 2013, 19:43
Maybe this short vid will put things into perspective for you?
Comment icon #15 Posted by davros of skaro on 21 September, 2013, 19:52
You say you believe he existed.Did you know that what when Apologists say that Jesus certainly existed they are being misleading.They do not mention it's based off of "Seed Theory".This means Scholars (Not all) believe Jesus is based off of somebody,and is not exclusive to a mortal Jesus Christ. If you are interested in the subject?Here are some links.
Comment icon #16 Posted by freetoroam on 21 September, 2013, 20:42
I believe there were many like Jesus, I am sure there were quite a few carpenters who wanted to better themselves in those days and as for who his father was, well, Mary could not have been that stupid if she was able to convince her husband and many others of thousands over the years, that some bloke called god was the actual father, she would not be able to get away with this now, not now we have Jeremy Kyle and his DNA tests.But joking aside, that God excuse did no favours for Josephs IQ. but a FACT is that they were not called Jesus as that was not their Hebrew name.
Comment icon #17 Posted by davros of skaro on 21 September, 2013, 23:52
There was people with the name Jesus for it was a common name back then i.e. Jesus Bar Damneus. There was people that are said to performed miracles i.e. Simon the Sorcerer. There was people claimed to be Messiah i.e. There was people thought to be Messiah i.e. Julius Caesar ---See note #6 Mary mother of Jesus was never even mentioned by anyone til about 40 years after his supposed death in the Gospel of Mark (which does not mention the virgin birth,but only starting in Matthew 5-10years later.) The first mention of Jesus is in the Epistles of Paul (20 years after supposed Jesus&#... [More]

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