The area known as Bethsaida in Biblical times was a fertile plain on the northeast shore of the Sea of Galilee. No town exists today on the site so there is some controversy over the exact location. It is thought to have been close to Capernaum, perhaps the fishing village adjoining the larger city.

In the New Testament Bethsaida was most famously the location of the feeding of the 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17). In this area, Jesus walked on water to the disciple’s boat (Mark 6:45-52). Bethsaida was the hometown of Philip, Andrew and Peter, three of the disciples (John 1:11). In two of the Gospels, Jesus is quoted as calling Bethsaida to repentance (Matthew 11:21 and Luke 10:13).

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A possible site for Bethsaidaby Chmee2, via Wikimedia Commons

A possible site for Bethsaida
by Chmee2, via Wikimedia Commons

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