Duby Tal

ON THE COVER: Discovered by a bulldozer during road construction, the well-preserved and reconstructed church at Kursi, on the northeastern shore of the Sea Galilee, marks the traditional site of the “swine miracle”—where 2,000 swine rushed down the slope and perished in the sea (Matthew 8:28–34; Mark 5:1–20; Luke 8:26–39). Built in the late fifth or early sixth century, the 12,000-square-foot basilica church has the traditional apse on the eastern end, at right; the main prayer hall, where columns create a nave and two side aisles; a long, narrow narthex at the entrance to the nave and the atrium, or the forecourt. See “Ancient Churches in the Holy Land.”