Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A region of northern Israel. The northernmost part of Palestine and the ancient kingdom of Israel, Galilee was the center of Jesus's ministry.
  • Sea of,A freshwater lake of northeast Israel. About 215 m (705 ft) below sea level, it is fed and drained by the Jordan River.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A chapel connected with some early English medieval churches, in which penitents and catechumens were placed, to which monks returned after processions, in which ecclesiastics were allowed to meet women who had business with them, and whence the worthy dead were buried.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.) A porch or waiting room, usually at the west end of an abbey church, where the monks collected on returning from processions, where bodies were laid previous to interment, and where women were allowed to see the monks to whom they were related, or to hear divine service. Also, frequently applied to the porch of a church, as at Ely and Durham cathedrals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A mountainous geographic region in northern Israel.
  • proper noun The Sea of Galilee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an area of northern Israel; formerly the northern part of Palestine and the ancient kingdom of Israel; the scene of Jesus's ministry

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek Γαλιλαία, from Hebrew הגליל (hagalil).

Examples

  • Mark's and Luke's (Mr 3: 18; Lu 6: 14), he follows the name of "Philip," who was the instrument of bringing Nathanael first to Jesus (Joh 1: 45); and again, when our Lord, after His resurrection, appeared at the Sea of Tiberias, "Nathanael of Cana in Galilee" is mentioned along with six others, all of them apostles, as being present (Joh 21: 2).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • We're right at the northern most part of Israel, the tip of what they call the Galilee panhandle here.

    CNN Transcript Jul 27, 2006

  • He grew up in Galilee, which had a large Gentile population -- the term Galilee literally means circle of Gentiles -- that had remained basically semi-pagan. "

    Freedom in the Making of Western Culture

  • The site, which was unearthed as preparations were being made for construction of the hotel near the Sea of Galilee, is believed to date back some 2000 years from 50BCE to 100CE.

    Ancient Synagogue Found in Israel

  • And the fact that the Sea of Galilee is Israel's principle water source certainly affects our posture toward peace negotiations with Syria.

    Kathy Kemper: A Q&A With Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren

  • Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.

    Religion

  • Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.

    The Rev. Chuck Currie:

  • It was in Galilee, a district of little repute, the inhabitants of which were looked upon as witless, that I crossed the track of the man Jesus.

    Chapter 17

  • Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.

    The Hope Of The World

  • Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.

    The Hope Of The World

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