Bethsaida is an ancient city with biblical importance. It is located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in the fertile delta of the Jordan River. Today the ruins cover about 20 acres on a hill. In ancient times it was at the hub of major trade routes. Bethsaida is located in a beautiful shaded spot with a breathtaking view of the Sea of Galilee. Here you will find the natural rock seats a wonderful place for bible study or prayer.
During the Iron Age it was part of Geshur, however; during the Roman period it became known as the city of Julias. In the New Testament, this city played a large part in the story and history of Jesus. It was here that three of his disciples were born, Peter, Philip, and Andrew. They were not only born here, but they lived here.
Many of the New Testament stories take place here in Bethsaida. It was here that Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fishes and fed the multitude. It was written in the bible in Mark 8:22 that when Jesus came to Bethsaida they brought a blind man to him, and Jesus healed him.
During the excavations of the ancient ruins of Bethsaida there were interesting things found, one of them being the fisherman’s house. They identified it as such because of the stone net weights, an anchor, a fish hook, and a needle for repairing the fishing nets.
Other things have been found here as well, such as the wine maker’s house. It was identified as such because of the wine cellar that was found on the complex. There were even wine jars found in the area.
Visitors to the area can walk the same cobble stone streets that Jesus walked while he was here, healing and feeding the multitude. Here visitors will find a great deal of biblical history, it is a unique and interesting site that comes alive in front of your eyes as you walk the area. There are so many things to see in one small area, the massive gate complex, the lost land of Geshur, and the fishermen of Bethsaida.
As this site continues to be excavated there are sure to be more wonderful and exciting surprises for the archaeologist. This is a city that has played a significant role in the New Testament of the bible; it is brimming with history and has a remarkable ability to touch the spirit.