Owen Jarus is reporting the discovery of a new town on the Sea of Galilee. It is very close to Magdal, and thus the immediate conclusion is to suggest it is Dalmanutha.
A town dating back more than 2,000 years has been discovered on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee, in Israel’s Ginosar valley.
The ancient town may be Dalmanutha (also spelled Dalmanoutha), described in the Gospel of Mark as the place Jesus sailed to after miraculously feeding 4,000 people by multiplying a few fish and loaves of bread, said Ken Dark, of the University of Reading in the U.K., whose team discovered the town during a field survey.
This isn’t new.
Mark is known for his radical geography — Actually, he is conservative, as in following some of the literary geographic rules of the time. Matthew is not.
Both present the story.
Mark in 8.10. Matthew in 15.39.
Both present the story in much the same way, except for the name, of course. Matthew elsewhere had ‘corrected’ Mark’s geography so to see it here is nothing surprising.
So, if this is Dalmanutha, then we are supposed to believe either Matthew got his geography wrong or Jesus completed this event twice, once in each town. To be honest, I think it is more plausible to have Jesus perform the miracle twice than to have Matthew completely uncharacteristically get his geography wrong contra Mark.
As I point out in my book, there is a better explanation, following other notable cases in Mark’s Gospel — that he was writing this place name to hide his intention. Either in Latin or Aramaic, Dalmanutha can mean several things important to the expected context of the author. But, you’ll have to read for that answer.
Every time they find a shard of something, they will seek to pin it to so-called biblical archaeology. This is no different than what Simcha does every time he finds a window frame or a vase.
HT DK FB
- First Century Synagogue at Magdala – Did Jesus Worship Here? (holylandphotos.wordpress.com)