Hamat Tiberias (Hamat Teverya) is a national park in Israel, next to the Sea of Galilee, that preserves natural hot springs and archaeological remains from the Talmudic and Turkish periods. The hot springs boil at 60 degrees Celcius. The word "Hamat" means "hot" and its ancient name is mentioned Joshua 19:35 as a southern fortification of the tribe Naphtali. Later Roman Tiberias annexed this ancient city into its walled city.
- Joshua 19:35
There is an ancient legend that tells of a day when lepers and diseased people approached King Solomon to cure them. Solomon ordered demons to go to the edge of the Sea of Galilee to warm the waters to provide relief for their ailments. Solomon then caused the demons to go deaf so that they would…
Three synagogues were built successively at this site beginning around 230 CE. Little of this ’destroyed’ synagogue remains but can be see on the southern edge of the 3rd-4th century mosaic. The best preserved synagogue is from the 3rd-4th century and has a fabulous mosaic floor that is divided…
The 3rd-4th century synagogue has an exquisite mosaic floor divided into three main panels. On the northern side, the mosaic has two lions that seem to ’roar’ 9 different Greek inscriptions that refer to its donors. The center of the mosaic has a large zodiac wheel with Helios, the sun…