Friday, June 24, 2011

Holy Land Tour: Tabcha on the Sea of Galilee

Our third day began with a stop in Tabcha,  located on the Sea of Galilee. By the way, the Sea of Galilee is also called the Lake of Tiberius, even in the New Testament,  but I'm going to keep calling it the Sea of Galilee! 

We visited the Church of St. Peter Primus. This is a fascinating site believed to be located where Jesus fed the 5,000 with the loaves and fishes (as recorded in all 4 Gospels); where Jesus walked on the water of the Sea of Galilee to the disciples boat in the storm (Matther 14: 22-23); and where Jesus fed the disciples fish after his resurrection (John 21: 1-15).

This is the Church of St. Peter Primus:

This is the view of the Sea of Galilee on the beach where the church is located. It gave me goosebumps to think of Jesus sitting on the sand here after the resurrection, cooking fish for the disciples.


Inside the church sanctuary is the Mensa Christi--the Table of Christ--from which tradition says Christ performed the miracle of feeding the 5,000.

The church was more simple--and therefore more touching to me--than many of the churches we would subsequently visit. It is set in a scenic and peaceful area that really evokes the spirit of the New Testament stories attributed to it.

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