“The Asclepion is a place where people came to be healed of their diseases and the complex included temples, dining rooms, bathing facilities, dormitories, and other structures. Asklepios was actually a deified Greek physician and the symbol of Asklepios is an entwined snake (the same as the modern medical symbol).”
* “A town dating back more than 2,000 years has been discovered on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee, in Israel’s Ginosar valley. The ancient town may be Dalmanutha (also spelled Dalmanoutha), described in the Gospel of Mark as the place Jesus sailed to after miraculously feeding 4,000 people by multiplying a few fish and loaves of bread, said Ken Dark, of the University of Reading in the U.K., whose team discovered the town during a field survey. The archaeologists also determined that a famous boat, dating to around 2,000 years ago, and uncovered in 1986, was found on the shoreline of the newly discovered town. The boat was reported on two decades ago but the discovery of the town provides new information on what lay close to it.”
* “The location of Dalmanutha has been debated for a long time.”
Holy Land travel & ministers: Why You Should Send Your Pastor to Israel [amen!]
“To be sure, many truths in Scripture we have to accept by faith. But the lands of the Bible are still there to see. The places where Jesus walked, taught, and healed haven’t moved—nor are they inaccessible. They stand ready to offer a greater understanding of and love for the Word of God.”
Magdala & synagogues: First Century Synagogue at Magdala — Did Jesus Worship Here?
“The synagogue measures 33 x 33 ft. and has benches on all four walls. There is evidence that it was renovated between A.D. 40 and 50. A coin from A.D. 29 was found among the debris and the synagogue was destroyed in A.D. 67 when Titus (the Roman General, later emperor) leveled the city. If this dating, and interpretation are correct, it is very probable that Jesus, His disciples, Mary Magdalene, and others worshiped in this structure!”