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And when they had crossed over, they came to the land, to Gennesaret. Bible

“Gennesaret.” This is where Jesus and the disciples landed, and it is confirmed in Mark 6:53. The records of Matthew, Mark, and John must be understood in light of the storm, which was coming from the northwest, so that the apostles on the boat were rowing right into it. Jesus apparently told them to go “toward” (pros = toward) Bethsaida (Mark 6:45), and the Gospel of John says that the apostles were sailing “to” (eis = to, into) Capernaum (John 6:16). Thus, Capernaum is likely where Jesus told the apostles to go. Bethsaida was almost a suburb of Capernaum, which was a major city, and site of a tax office and Roman troops, so for travel purposes, the names Bethsaida and Capernaum were basically synonymous. However, when Jesus got on the boat, that is not where they eventually went. Both Matthew and Mark make it clear that the boat landed at Gennesaret, which was a fertile plain just south and west of Capernaum. At the time of Christ it was densely populated, and had a small city by the same name on it. According to Josephus, date palms, figs, walnuts, olives and grapes were all grown there. No doubt Jesus planned to go to Capernaum shortly, but landed at Gennesaret and healed people there, then made the short walk to Capernaum, where he was when the people found him (John 6:24).


Commentary for: Matthew 14:34