Israel / Cities and Towns
Town in northeasternIsrael with 40,000 inhabitants (2008 estimate), at the western shore of Sea of Galilee, in a depression 205 metres below sea level.
The economic base of the town is agriculture, fishing and tourism. Tiberias is an important city in the theological development of Judaism.
19 CE: Founded by Herod Antipod.
70: With the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, many Jewish scholars moved to Tiberias. The town became centre of the highest religious court.
3rd-5th centuries: Much of the Palestinian Talmud is written down by Jewish scholars stationed in Tiberius.
1922: The Jews become majority of Tiberius.