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The Sea of Galilee has got to be the most peaceful place to visit when coming to Israel but on most tours the time spend here is limited.
The Sea of Galilee is known locally as the Kinneret, Lake of Gennesaret or Lake Tiberias.
I have live on the ridge above the sea of Galilee for the past seven months and even as I write today I am over looking this wonderful lake.
I was born in Scotland UK and sitting where I am today reminds me of the beautiful surrounding of Scotland. Right now it is the winter months and the green is bursting through and to walk in the mountains surrounding Galilee brings me great joy.
When I first moved here it was June and I was always up one hour before sunrise to watch the sun rise over the Golan Hights WOW! What a site see below on of the pictures I took when I arrived here.
Sea of Galilee is the lergest freshwater laike in Israel it is 33 miles long and just over 8 miles wide the depth I have been told is at its depest 43 meters but the most facinating thing is knowing that when you stand on the shore you are 214 meteres below sea level.
The Kinneret is the lowest freshwater on earth and the second lowest lake in the world! With the Dead Sea being the lowest a saltwater lake which our family really enjoyed floating on.
The sea of Galilee is gets its water from the Jordan river and one day we drove down the less traveled dirt track to the head of the Jordan river which was another amazing trip – I did think at a few point that the car would not make it as the road was broken up for the previous years rains.
Back to the Sea of Galilee it is also fed from underwater springs and close to the Mount of beatitudes you can get under the waterfalls from the spring pools as it enters the Galilee.
Driving roud the Galilee takes just over 1 hour and the historic places to visit could fill a week easy especially if you include all the view points from Mount Arbel to the Golan Heights.
The Sea of Galilee is North East Israel full of historic wonders.
Looking into its name as I mentioned above its moderen name is Kinneret which comes from the Tanakh (Old Testament) sea of Chinnereth found in Numbers 34:11 and Joshua 13:27 and Johsua 11:2 where the spelling si slightly different “Chinneroth”
Chinnereth was also written about in the fenced cities in Joshua 19:35. Interestingly Kinneret looks like it originated from the Hebrew word Kinnor – harp or lyre – because of the shape of the lake. Look at the model displayed in Tiberias which shows the harp shape.