So I just came from the Biblical Geography class on Sunday February 18, 2018. I had someone teaching the class who has learned Hebrew, been to Israel several times and knows the language.
I learned what Psalm 133:1 sounds like when it is sung in the Original Hebrew Language because if you did not know all the Psalms were made to be song in Hebrew. www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlPtDQ…
I learned so much stuff. Like how large of an area that God promised the Israelite's. I did not realize that in Genesis when God tells Abraham how large of an area that the Israelite's would some day occupy it would go from the Nile River to the Euphrates River. That is interesting because in no time in History so far have the Israelite's ever occupied a territory so large or to those boarders. I was also told that the port city was Tyre was supposed to be the land between boarders which is interesting since that is almost the northern most boarder in some of Israelite territory not never been in the middle.
I also did not realize that the Biblical lands of Edom and Moab on the Middle East side of Israel were part Israeli in the Bible from genetics.
I learned that the sea of Galilee has several names in the Bible and it can lead to confusion due to translations the Bible is written in based upon the time period, who ruled the country, who writing the Bible, or who is translating the Bible. The Sea of Galilee can be called either "Chinnereth," "Galilee," "Tiberius," "Gennesereth" or several times in various parts of the Bible as "The Lake." This can be based upon who is the ruler of the Bible or the time period.
I also was told about the cultural significance of Jesus telling his Disciples to go fish in the Sea of Galilee in the Morning in the book of John Chapter 21 verses 6-11. Evidently the Sea of Galilee you don't typically fish but at night because that was when the fish would bit. The fish don't typically bite in the Morning. Also because of the temperature of the air and water you don't want to fish in the morning because there is fog that is too dense and you can not see in the fog while fishing. Also the number of fish that were caught by the Disciples in the Sea of Galilee is significant because the number of 153 fish is considered a small number of fish for the Sea of Galilee. There is evidently a few miss translation issues going from Jewish into Greek and into English. Like when in verse 6 the Bible says "they were unable to haul the net because of the large number of fish." It is actually referring to the size of the fish themselves not the quantity of fish they caught. It is not until verse 11 that the translation is correct again in saying "it was full of large fish." but then makes it sound like it is quantity that needs to be emphasized again in the same verse by saying "but even with so many the net was not torn"