Jesus healing in the land of Gennesaret

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A number of miracles whereby Jesus healed the sick in the land of Gennesaret are summarised in Matthew 14:34–36 and Mark 6:53–56. According to the Gospel of Mark, as Jesus passes through Gennesaret, just after the account of him walking on water, all those who touch the edge, or hem, or fringe of his cloak are healed:

"When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went — into villages, towns or countryside — they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed."

In both gospels, those who were sick aimed to touch the Greek: κράσπεδον, kraspedov of Jesus' garments, "the tassel which, in accordance with Numbers 15:38, the Jew wore on each of the four extremities of his cloak".[1]

First-century historian Flavius Josephus refers to the Gennesaret area as having very rich soil.[2] The town was perhaps halfway between Capernaum and Magdala.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Meyer's NT Commentary on Matthew 9, accessed 20 January 2017
  2. ^ The Physical Geography, Geology, and Meteorology of the Holy Land by Henry Baker Tristram 2007 ISBN 1593334826 page 11
  3. ^ Lamar Williamson 1983 Mark ISBN 0804231214 pages 129–130
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