Bethsaida

Bethsaida bĕth-sā´ĭdə [key] [Heb.,=house of the fisher], in the Gospels, birthplace of Jesus' disciples Peter, Andrew, and Philip. Herod Philip (4 BC–AD 33) is said to have renamed it Julias after the daughter of Augustus, who died in 2 BC Some identify Bethsaida with the Julias just E of the Jordan and N of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberius) others would place it on the eastern shore of the lake still others suppose two Bethsaidas. Archaeologists began excavating the site on the eastern shore of the lake in 1995.

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