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Coordinates: 32°51′38″N 35°30′26″E / 32.86056°N 35.50722°E / 32.86056; 35.50722

A view of lake Gennesaret today
El-Ghuweir (Genezareth) in old map from 1850

Gennesaret, Gennesareth or Ginosar, ("a garden of riches") was a town allotted to the tribe of Naphtali, called "Kinnereth" (Joshua 19:35), sometimes in the plural form "Kinneroth" (Joshua 11:2). In later times the name was gradually changed to Genezareth, Genezar and Gennesaret (Luke 5:1). No trace of the city of Gennesaret remains. Flavius Josephus refers to the area as having very rich soil.[1]

This city stood on the northwestern shore of the lake to which it gave its name: Lake of Gennesaret. It was perhaps half way between Capernaum and Magdala.[2]

The name is the Grecized form of "Chinnereth." The equivalent names are the Sea of Galilee or Lake Tiberias. The name is also used for the "Plain of Gennesaret". For beauty and fertility it is called “the Paradise of Galilee.” Its modern name is el-Ghuweir.

This city or area is also a place where Jesus visited and performed healing.[3] To quote from the Douay-Rheims Bible (see Gospel of Matthew),

[34] And having passed the water, they came into the country of Genesar.
[35] And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent into all that country, and brought to him all that were diseased.
[36] And they besought him that they might touch but the hem of his garment. And as many as touched, were made whole. (Matthew 14:34-36).

The present-day Israeli kibbutz of Ginosar derives its name from this ancient town, though it is not certain that it located on its precise site.

Francis Thompson's poem of apparent contradictions, The Kingdom of God, begins 'O world invisible, we view thee' and ends with the line And lo, Christ walking on the water, not of Gennesaret, but Thames![4]


  1. ^ The Physical Geography, Geology, and Meteorology of the Holyand by Henry Baker Tristram 2007 ISBN 1593334826 page 11
  2. ^ Lamar Williamson 1983 Mark ISBN 0804231214 pages 129-130
  3. ^ Matthew 14:34; Mark 6:53
  4. ^