Barnabas, “son of consolation” (Acts 4:36)., a person Luke described as “a good man” (11:24), was chosen and sent by the Jerusalem church to investigate the mixed congregation of Jews and Gentiles in Syrian Antioch.
Jesus once asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am” (Matt 16:13)? Who was Jesus anyway? Most people of His day viewed Him as some sort of prophet (John
Most of us live hurried lives. We are hard pressed at work, at home, and at church to accomplish more than a twenty-four hour day seems to allow. The demands are overwhelming. In fact, full
“A city, the modern Tubarich, on the western shore of the Sea of” Tiberias. It is said to have been founded by Herod Antipas (A.D. “16), on the site of the ruins of an older city called Rakkath,” and to have been thus named by him after the Emperor Tiberius. It is mentioned only three times in the history of our Lord “(John 6:1, 23; 21:1).” “In 1837 about one-half of the inhabitants perished by an earthquake. The population of the city is now about six “thousand, nearly the one-half being Jews. “We do not read that” our Lord ever entered this city. The reason of this is probably “to be found in the fact that it was practically a heathen city,” “though standing upon Jewish soil. Herod, its founder, had” “brought together the arts of Greece, the idolatry of Rome, and” the gross lewdness of Asia. There were in it a theatre for the “performance of comedies, a forum, a stadium, a palace roofed” “with gold in imitation of those in Italy, statues of the Roman” “gods, and busts of the deified emperors. He who was not sent but” to the lost sheep of the house of Israel might well hold himself “aloof from such scenes as these” (Manning’s Those Holy Fields).” “After the fall of Jerusalem (A.D. 70), Tiberias became one of the chief residences of the Jews in Palestine. It was for more than three hundred years their metropolis. From about A.D. 150 “the Sanhedrin settled here, and established rabbinical schools,” which rose to great celebrity. Here the Jerusalem (or Palestinian) Talmud was compiled about the beginning of the fifth century. To this same rabbinical school also we are “indebted for the Masora, a “body of traditions which transmitted” “the readings of the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, and” “preserved, by means of the vowel-system, the pronunciation of” “the Hebrew.” In its original form, and in all manuscripts, the” “Hebrew is written without vowels; hence, when it ceased to be a” “spoken language, the importance of knowing what vowels to insert” “between the consonants. This is supplied by the Masora, and” “hence these vowels are called the “Masoretic vowel-points.”
Called also the Sea of Galilee (q.v.) and of Gennesaret. In the Old Testament it is called the Sea of Chinnereth or Chinneroth. John (21:1) is the only evangelist who so designates this lake. His doing so incidentally confirms the opinion that he wrote “after the other evangelists, and at a period subsequent to the” taking of Jerusalem (A.D. 70). Tiberias had by this time become “an important city, having been spared by the Romans, and made” the capital of the province when Jerusalem was destroyed. It thus naturally gave its name to the lake.
Definition of Tiberias: “good vision; the navel”
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