Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1397-1398 Ken Dark – Discovering Dalmanutha

SeaOfGalilee

A Sea of Galilee map with the possible location of Dalmanutha marked along the northwest shore.

In the same spirit as the Jezreel Valley Regional Project discussed by Matthew Adams a few weeks ago, Professor Ken Dark of the University of Reading Research Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies is working on a landscape study of the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, particular the Plain of Ginosar or Genneserat, along the northwest shore.

While surveying that landscape in 2012 he discovered the remains of a previously unidentified village. Based on a few biblical clues from the gospels, he’s suggested that the site may be Dalmanutha, the place to which Jesus retired after the feeding of the 4,000 in the gospel of Marka (not to be confused with the feeding of the 5,000).

On these two programs, professor Dark discusses his research and why this site may be Dalmanutha.

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