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also known as: Chinneroth, Kinneret

Meaning: lyre

the singular form of the word (Deuteronomy 3:17; Joshua 19:35), which is also used in the plural form, Chinneroth

Chinnereth was probably an ancient Canaanitish name adopted by the Israelites into their language.

This was the name of a city, a district and a lake.


Chinnereth is the name of a fenced city which stood near the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, a little to the south of Tiberias

The town seems to have given its name to a district, as appears from 1 Kings 15:20, where the plural form of the word is used.

The ruins of the city are now called Tel Kinrot (Kinarot) or Tell el-'Oreimeh (see satellite view below).

General location of the ruins of Chinnereth—satellite view

Sea of Chinnereth

also known as: Sea of Galilee, Sea of Tiberias, Lake of Gennesareth

The Sea of Chinnereth (Numbers 34:11; Joshua 13:27), or Sea of Chinneroth (Joshua 12: 3), was the “Lake of Gennesaret” or “Sea of Tiberias” (Deuteronomy 3:17; Joshua 11:2).

Sea of Chinnereth/Sea of Galilee—satellite view