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The "Bay of Parables" in Galilee
"Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he taught them many things in parables" (Mark 4:1-2). 

This inlet or bay, pictured at right, is called the "Bay of Parables".  It lies half-way between Tagbha and Capernaum The land slopes down like a Roman theater.  The acoustics here are exceptionally good.  Jesus' voice could have easily been heard from the boat by the crowds on the shore.

| Sea of Galilee | Bay of Parables | Bethsaida | Capernaum | Tagbha | Eremos | Jordan River | Kursi | Nazareth |

The Sea of Galilee was noted for its abundance of fish. Fishermen still cast their nets from boats (photo above).
A sculpture of Peter kneeling before Jesus on the shore recalls the incident when the risen Jesus appeared to the disciples on the shore, cooked them breakfast, and commissioned Peter to "feed his sheep" (John 21).

Tagbha - place of "seven springs"
Taghba is a place of springs two miles west of Capernaum. A 4th century Byzantine mosaic (pictured above) depicts the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish where Jesus fed the five thousand who gathered to hear him preach.

A very strong current of water, from the "source of the Capernaum", flows into the Sea
of Galilee near a natural harbor, also called the Harbor of Peter. Fishermen could
easily have washed their nets here.
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