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Magdala The Church

At Magdala, northwest of Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, is a special chapel called "Duc in Altum."  This is Latin for the words of Jesus addressed to Peter as recorded in Luke 5:4 where, after preaching from his boat, He tells him to "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."

After a large catch, the boat began to sink, Peter and his partners left all behind to follow Jesus—to become "fishers of men' (5:10).   The chapel is a call for present day followers of Jesus to become "fishers of men."


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Pool of Siloam

In the summer of 2004 Eli Shukrun, Ronny Reich, and John Seligman, who were checking the area southeast of the traditional “Pool of Siloam” for a public works project, discovered a pool that they date to the first centuries B.C. and A.D.  In all probability it is the “Pool of Siloam” mentioned in John 9:7—to which Jesus sent a blind man to wash a mud mixture from his eyes.

This pool is also mentioned in Rabbinic sources in connection with the water rituals associated with the Feast of Tabernacles— in the fall of the year.

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