The Arabic name Tabgha comes from the older Greek name of the site, Heptapegon, which means seven springs—a reference to the springs found near the church site. The pilgrim Egeria mentions the Heptapegon church in her travel journal written at the end of the fourth century. See Egeria’s Travels to the Holy Land, translated and annotated by John Wilkinson, rev. ed. (Ariel Publishing House, Jerusalem, with Aris and Phillips, Warminster, England 1981), p. 196.


In each of the Gospels, the story is told that Jesus blessed five loaves of bread and two fish and gave them to his disciples to feed a multitude of more than 5,000 people who sat before Jesus on the grass.


The church is still entrusted to the care of a small community of Benedictine monks.


There are some much smaller, 4 to 5 mm, and some considerably larger, 2 to 4 cm.



See Alfons Maria Schneider, The Church of the Multiplying of the Loaves and Fishes (George E. J. Coldwell Ltd. London, 1937).


Egeria’s Travels, op. cit., pp. 196 and 200.