Region in northern Palestine.

Galilee is a region of mountains, rolling hills, and plains in northern Palestine. Lebanon lies to the north and Syria to the east. Because of its position it was called "Galilee of the nations" (Isa 9:1).

In Old Testament times the tribes of Naphtali, Asher, Issachar, and Zebulun settled in Galilee. Later, the tribe of Dan also settled there. Deborah and Barak defeated the Canaanite forces led by Sisera in a battle near Mount Tabor in southern Galilee. Later, the prophets Elijah and Elisha were active along Galilee's southern border.


Hills of central Galilee

Jesus and many of his early followers were from Galilee. Jesus spent his early life in Nazareth before moving to Capernaum along the Sea of Galilee. Peter, Andrew, James, John and other disciples came from other Galilean towns. Most of Jesus' public ministry took place in this area. Although Jesus was favorably received in parts of Galilee, towns like Chorazin and Bethsaida rejected him (Matt 11:21). During Jesus' lifetime, Galilee was ruled by the Herodian family which built the town of Tiberius there (John 6:1,23).

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