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Gennesaret

Gennesaret [N] [E] [H]

(garden of the prince ), Land of. It is generally believed that this term was applied to the fertile crescent-shaped plain on the western shore of the lake, extending from Khan Minyeh (two or three miles south of Capernaum (Tel-Hum ) on the north to the steep hill behind Mejdel (Magdala ) on the south, and called by the Arabs el-Ghuweir , "the little Ghor." Mr. Porter gives the length as three miles, and the greatest breadth as about one mile. Additional interest is given to the land of Gennesaret, or el-Ghuweir, by the probability that its scenery suggested the parable of the sower. It is mentioned only twice in Scripture - ( Matthew 14:34 ; Mark 6:53 ) Compare Luke 5:1


[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Gennesaret'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.