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Bethsaida was a city just east of the Jordan River on the north side of the Sea of Galilee. A blind man was brought to Jesus and Jesus leads him outside of the village and restores his sight.[1] This might also have been the area in which Jesus performed the miracle of feeding 5,000. The Apostles Peter, Andrew, and Philip were from this city.[2] Jesus cursed the city, saying that its unrepentance would bring a greater judgement upon itself than for Tyre and Sidon.[3]


Bethsaida comes from the Hebrew beth-tsaida, which means "house of hunting." It is also known as Julias, though this is not attested in the Bible.


Bethsaida was located on the northeastern coast of the Sea of Galilee, just east of where the Jordan River enters the sea. The exact location is unknown, though the archeological sites Et-Tell and Al-Araj are promising candidates. Fishing artifacts have been found at both sites.