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The city was located after more than 30 years of archaeological research work on the banks of the Jordan River.
Bethsaida, the city in which According to biblical texts, Jesus fed thousands of people with two fish and five loaves, healed a blind man, and walked on water, has been found in the vicinity of the Sea of Galilee, Professor Rami Arav, from the University of Nebraska, told the Israeli daily Haaretz.
After more than 30 years of research in the area in search of the biblical city, Arav maintains that the location of the ancient locality is in the Et-Tell archaeological site, located on the bank of the Jordan River.
During excavations carried out by archaeologists at Et-Tell, they have been unearthed monumental fortifications, food warehouses and the city gate, all built in the Iron Age.
These vestiges, according to the researchers, belong to the capital of the Geshur kingdom, what later became Bethsaida.
According to Arav, in the Book of Joshua the cities surrounding the Sea of Galilee are listed clockwise starting with the largest, called Zer, and Et-Ter is the largest site in the area.
Likewise, the researcher affirms that Zer is the original name of the ancient city, which in the Bible must have been translated as'Tzed‘; the word means so much 'hunting' as 'fishing‘In Hebrew, and it is believed that from her derives the name Bethsaida.
Despite Arav's claims, This is not the only hypothesis about the location of Bethsaida.
For example, professors Steven Notley of Nyack College in New York and Mordechai Aviam of Kinneret College (Israel) argue that the remains of Bethsaida are found at the archaeological site of El-Araj, located on the same riverbank as Et-Tell.
However, the professor of the University of Nebraska points out that in El-Araj no material evidence of monumental constructions from the Iron Age has been found, thus he argues that this site was nothing more than a Roman camp.