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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Gennesaret, Land of
1. The Name
The first syllable of the name Gennesaret is evidently the Hebrew
The middle portion is supplied from
The walnut, the palm, the olive and the fig, which usually require diverse conditions, flourish together here. "One may call this place the ambition of nature;... it is a happy contention of the seasons, as if each of them claimed this country; for it not only nourishes different sorts of autumnal fruit beyond men's expectation, but preserves them a great while." He says that it supplies grapes and figs through ten months of the year, and other fruits as they ripen together throughout the year (same place) . The fruits of Gennesaret had such high repute among the rabbis that they were not allowed in Jerusalem at the time of the feasts, lest any might be tempted to come merely for their enjoyment (Neubauer, Géog. du Talmud , 45 f).
Centuries of neglect made a sad change in the plain. It was largely overgrown with thorn-bushes, and it yielded one of the finest crops of thistles in the country. Cultivation was confined to the Southwest part; and the rest furnished grazing ground for a tribe of nomads. Recently the German Catholics made extensive purchases, including the village of
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Gennesaret, Land of'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/g/gennesaret-land-of.html. 1915.
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