‘Arav and Bethsaida on a Single Map

Here in North America, this may be one of the first times you have been able to see Second Temple ‘Arav on the same map as Bethsaida. This may be quite an occasion. It seems that no little effort has been expended to hide the shared history of these two settlements. The early history of both of these men has been shrouded in a lot of mystery which, given the sensitivity of any religion’s foundation story is unsurprising. Suffice it to say the named founder of Christendom and the named founder of Rabbinic Judaism were both in the region of the Sea of Galilee at the same time. Jesus was in Bethsaida in 30 CE, and R. Yoḥanan was in ‘Arav from roughly 22-34 CE. A fourth figure was also in the area, who is unfortunately much less known, called Philip the Tetrarch. His territory overlapped much of the territory now called Syria and the Golan Heights.

This map is to help you visualize a fact of history which will likely be difficult to do wihout.

About Ron Goetz

My first wife used to say, "There's nothing so sacred that Ron won't pick it apart." My desire to be a pastor -- that was a temperamental mismatch. She was so patient. If my birth mother had lived somewhere else, maybe I would've become a cold case detective. But I would have had to be J instead of a P, I think. And that mid-life reevaluation, starting adolescence as a GARB fundamentalist and transitioning to a non-theist, that gave me an unusual skill set.
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