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.