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Villages of Galilee Map

The region of Galilee includes the Sea of Galilee, a modest lake about 13 miles long and 8 miles wide, and the surrounding areas to the west. The most prominent features of the region besides the Sea of Galilee are its mountains. The lower Galilee is characterized by sprawling valleys, whereas the upper Galilee is characterized by higher elevations. The tallest peak of the upper Galilee, Mount Meron, rises to almost 4,000 feet. Important settlements were concentrated mostly in the lower Galilee, in the mountains and valleys and along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The Galilee is mentioned as a region in the Hebrew Bible. The prophet Isaiah famously called it “the Galilee of the Gentiles” (Isa 9:1). But the Galilee is most prominent by far in the writings of the New Testament, the Gospels in particular. Much of the life of Jesus recorded in the Gospels takes place in and around the Galilee.

During Roman times, the most important Galilean cities were Sepphoris and Tiberias. Although Tiberias was the regional capital built by Herod Antipas, it is only mentioned once in the New Testament, and Sepphoris is not mentioned at all. Produced by