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A city named for Tiberius Caesar on the west shore of the Sea of Galilee. Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee and Perea (Matt 14:1-6; Luke 3:19), founded it (ca. 18 CE) to replace Sepphoris as the capital of Galilee. Jesus is not mentioned as having visited Tiberias, although much of his ministry was spent in surrounding towns (John 6:23; records the only biblical reference to the city).

  • Powell, Mark Allan, ed. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. Abridged Edition. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.