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Dalmanutha or Dalmanoutha (Greek: Δαλμανουθά) is the unknown destination of Jesus on the shores of the Sea of Gallilee after he fed the four thousand, as recorded in Mark's gospel (Mark 8:10). It is sometimes believed to be in the vicinity of Magdala, the alleged hometown of Mary Magdalene, since the parallel passage in Matthew's gospel, Matthew 15:39, refers instead to "Magadan", which has been taken to be a variant form of "Magdala".

In 2013, Ken Dark reported finding a possible location of Dalmanutha in the Ginosar Plain, placing the finding place of the famous 2000-years-old fishing boat right on the stretch of lakeshore belonging to this now ruined ancient town.[1][2]

That there was ever a town called Dalmanutha is disputed by biblical scholar Joel L. Watts. He maintains that "Dalmanutha" is a cue to Mark's readers regarding the battle around Magdala during the Jewish Revolt.[3]

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  1. ^ Dark, K. R. (2013). "Archaeological evidence for a previously unrecognised Roman town near the Sea of Galilee". Palestine Exploration Quarterly. 145 (3): 185–202. doi:10.1179/0031032813Z.00000000057. ISSN 0031-0328.
  2. ^ Owen Jarus (17 September 2013). "Was Jesus here? Biblical-era town discovered along Sea of Galilee". NBC News.
  3. ^ Watts, Joel L. (September 20, 2013). "Dalmanutha Has Not Been Found -- It Doesn't Exist". HuffPost.

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