Bethsaida
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Bethsaida
Bible Meaning: House of fish, fishing house
Strong's Concordance #G966

Bethsaida, only mentioned in relation to Jesus' ministry or his disciples, is located east of the Jordan River on the northeast corner of the Sea of Galilee.

Bethsaida was the home of disciples Andrew, Peter, Philip (John 1:44; 12:21) and possibly James and John. The city was known for being a launching area for fisherman seeking to take advantage of Galilee's abundance of fish.

Ancient Israel Cities East of Jordan River

It was near Bethsaida that Jesus miraculously fed 5,000 people (Luke 9:10) and healed a blind man (Mark 8:22).

In an often overlooked event, a group of Greeks track down the disciple Philip (whose name is Greek) in Jerusalem less than a week before Jesus' death. The men, who possibly knew Philip through his fishing business in Bethsaida, greatly desire to talk to Christ. Philip discusses their request with Andrew, who also was a fisherman, and the pair make the request known to the Lord (John 12:20 - 22). Though not directly stated, the Bible seems to indicate the request was denied.

Important verses

Matthew 11:21
Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

Mark 6:45
And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.

Mark 8:22
And he cometh to Bethsaida: and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.

Luke 9:10
And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.

Luke 10:13
Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

John 1:44
Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

John 12:20 - 22
And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

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