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by Wayne Blank
In the Old Testament era, the town was known as Chinnereth which means harp-shaped, another apparent reference to the sea, or lake, of Galilee. The wholly-surrounded by land fresh-water Sea of Galilee is, technically, actually a lake i.e. a sea is "a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land" whereas a lake is "a body of (usually) fresh water surrounded by land."
"And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret"
In the Old Testament era, "Chinnereth" was used for both the town and the lake:
"the border shall descend, and shall reach unto the side of the sea of Chinnereth eastward" (Numbers 34:11 KJV)
After one of the most famous events of the Scriptures, the miraculous walking on the water by Jesus Christ, and Peter, they landed at Gennesaret where the miracles continued.
"And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples [see Disciples and Apostles] to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, He was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary."
Fact Finder: What was the town on the coast of the Sea of Galilee in which Jesus Christ went to live after He left Nazareth?