|Tiberias looking north (circa 1890) Note mosque here and below|
Between the 2nd and 10th centuries, Tiberius was the largest city in the Galilee and it drew great Jewish scholars where major works such as the Mishnah and the Palestinian Talmud were written.
Jesus was active in the area of Tiberias, and some of the sites commemorating his life are located nearby.
Tiberias and the Jewish community were often under assault by invading armies -- of Christians, Persians, Arabs, Crusaders, and Saladin's army.
|Tiberias looking south (ca 1890)|
|Tiberias today, population 40,000|
Today, Tiberias is a popular lakeside resort, as well as a pilgrimage destination for those who visit ancient graves of rabbis and Biblical sites.
|Jewish fishermen, Tiberias 1900|
|Tiberias fishermen depart port|