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Galilee, Sea of
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(Kinneret, Gennesaret, Tiberias). With dimensions of approx 21×12 km (surface area 170 km2) and approx 4 billion m3 of water, the Sea of Galilee (Heb. יָם כִּנֶּרֶת/yām kinneret, Num 34:11; Gk ϑάλασσα τῆς Γαλιλαίας/thálassa tḗs Galilaías, Matt 4:18, etc.; Arab. baḥret ṭabariye) is the largest freshwater sea in the Levant. Fed by the Jordan, its water level hovers around -209 m, its depth totals approx 24 m (max. 43 m). The oldest traces of settlement in the region date back to the early Paleolithic. Because of the wealt…

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Zangenberg, Jürgen, “Galilee, Sea of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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