The Sea of Galilee is the lowest freshwater lake on earth and is anywhere from 686 to 705 feet below sea level, depending on lake levels. It has a 33 mile circumference, is 13 miles long at the longest point and 8 miles wide at the widest point and is fed mainly by the Jordan River. It is known by many names, including the Sea or Lake of Kinneret, the Sea or Lake of Gennesaret, the Sea of Ginosar, and in New Testament times as the Sea of Galilee, Sea of Tiberias and Lake Tiberias.
Much of the ministry of Jesus occurred near the Sea of Galilee, particularly in Capernaum at the northwest end.
One of my favorite biblical stories relating to the Sea of Galilee is when Jesus and Peter both walk on water.
In John 6, "...Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias...And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went."
|By Amadee Varint - from Wikipedia|
|View from a mountain above Magdala, looking out toward Capernaum.|
|View from mountain above Magdala.|
|Lake shore view of the Sea of Galilee at Capernaum.|
|Water birds on the lake near Capernaum.|
|View of boat on lake from Capernaum.|
|Walking in water off Capernaum.|
|View of lights on mountains from boat on the Sea of Galilee at night.|
|Lights of Tiberias at night from the Sea of Galilee.|
|Kasey works up the crowd on the boat before the lights go out.|