After a super tasty shawarma and refreshing Coca-Cola Classic for lunch, we set out for Gennesaret. There is a fascinating find in Gennesaret. In 1986, during an extended dry season lasting several years, the Sea of Galilee receded to record lows, allowing for the discovery of a first century fishing boat.
I wrote about that boat when I visited Israel in 2013.
From Gennesaret we boarded a boat and took a modern-day boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, crossing over to “the other side”.
In the gospels, the other side referred to the non-Jewish side. That is exactly where we were heading. We were crossing to the land of the Gentiles where Jesus would ultimately encounter a demoniac (or two) and cast the demons out and into a herd of swine who’s would plunge over a cliff and to their death. We can safely assume that this happened in the land of the Gentiles, because no Jewish person would own pigs. They are considered “unclean” by Mosaic Law.
While crossing over, we opened our Bibles and considered the many stories that happened on the Sea of Galilee.