Bethsaida: Historically Prominent, Religiously Profound
Translated roughly as the House of Fishing or Hunting, Bethsaida is a green village that lies on the northerly shore of the Sea of Galilee, east of the Jordan River. It is a lovely place to visit for its fresh air, lush greenery, and peaceful atmosphere. What’s more, many Christians find it an interesting area to hike through because of the miracles that happened there. Whether you go for the historical perspective and fascinating archeological findings at Bethsaida or the religious significance, here’s what to look out for.
One of the most well-known miracles performed by Jesus was known as the Miracle of the 5000, also known as the Miracle of the Five Loaves and Two Fish. As the story goes, a multitude of people gathered around Jesus after he had gone to seek solitude upon hearing the news about John the Baptist’s death. After healing the sick, Jesus then proceeded to miraculously feed the multitudes of people that had thronged to him with simply two small fish and five loaves of barley bread.
Of course, there are those that contest the current city of Bethsaida as the actual Biblical location that Josephus mentions as the site of the miracle.
House of the Fisherman
The House of the Fisherman is an excavated site that spans 4300 sq. feet. Historians consider this archeological discovery to be an actual home of a Hellenistic period fisherman due to the many findings within. This is a popular attraction for Christians who are visiting the area of Bethsaida anyway.
House of the Winemaker
A slightly smaller house, 2700 sq. feet in total, the House of the Winemaker is another fascinating discovery from the same archeological dig mentioned above. The area produced a massive wine cellar completely untouched along with four intact Hellenistic jars of wine, a fabulous discovery for historians and connoisseurs. Additionally, archeologists found smaller elements including decorative vessels, jewelry, and boat anchors.
Come to the Holy Land, and visit the amazing Christian landmarks like the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Capernaum, and Via Dolorosa. And, don’t forget to dedicate an afternoon to Bethsaida, a place where literally miracles occurred!