…the surface of the lake is 68 stories LOWER than the surface of nearby Mediterranean Sea and the rest of the world's oceans
…Jesus and Peter walked on the stormy water here
…Jesus did many wonderful miracles in and around this large lake, including:
…Jesus Christ often walked along the shores and sailed on its water. He taught many people the truth about God here.
…the apostles Peter, Andrew, James and John lived on the shores of this lake and made their living from its abundant fish. Jesus changed them into “fishers of men” (Matt. 4:18,22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5: 1-11).
…the apostle Peter's house has been found here (See: Capernaum)
Author: Paul S. Taylor
A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.
High cliffs overlooking the Sea of Galilee
Such storms result from differences in temperatures between the seacoast and the mountains beyond. The Sea of Galilee lies 680 feet below sea level. It is bounded by hills, especially on the east side where they reach 2000 feet high. These heights are a source of cool, dry air.
In contrast, directly around the sea, the climate is semi-tropical with warm, moist air. The large difference in height between surrounding land and the sea causes large temperature and pressure changes. This results in strong winds dropping to the sea, funneling through the hills.
Ancient fishing boat anchors discovered at the Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee is small, and these winds may descend directly to the center of the lake with violent results. When the contrasting air masses meet, a storm can arise quickly and without warning. Small boats caught out on the sea are in immediate danger.
The Sea of Galilee is relatively shallow, just 200 feet at its greatest depth. A shallow lake is “whipped up” by wind more rapidly than deep water, where energy is more readily absorbed.
The USA's Great Lakes
Lake Erie [in the United States] provides somewhat similar to the Sea of Galilee. Erie is more than a hundred times larger, but it has the same 200 feet maximum depth, the shallowest of the Great Lakes. Lake Erie is especially well known as the stormy, moody member of the Great Lake system. It is easily stirred up by west winds to produce violent waves and even the largest fishing boats are put at risk.
Author: Dr. Donald B. DeYoung of Creation Research Society. Copyright © 1992, 2003, Donald B. DeYoung. (ChristianAnswers.Net team member). First published in Weather & the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1992). Used by permission, with minor editing for this publication's reading and comprehension level.
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