a region on the west coast of the Sea of Galilee probably including the town of Magdala
NET Glossary: the region on the shore of the Sea of Galilee to which Jesus went after feeding the 4,000 (Matt 15:39); in the parallel account in Mark (8:10) the place name Dalmanutha appears instead of Magadan; although the location of both sites is uncertain, it is more likely that Magadan was on the west side of the Sea of Galilee (it is sometimes identified as the hometown or birthplace of Mary Magdalene, but there is no supporting evidence for this)
Strongs #3093: Magdala Magdala
Magdala = "a tower"
1) a place on the western shore of the Lake of Galilee, about 3 miles
(5 km) south of Tiberias
3093 Magdala mag-dal-ah'
of Chaldee origin (compare 4026); the tower; Magdala (i.e. Migdala), a
place in Palestine:-Magdala.
see HEBREW for 04026
). (The name given in the Revised Version of (Matthew 15:39
) for Magdala. It is probably another name for the same place, or it was a village so near it that the shore where Christ landed may have belonged to either village. --ED.)
- mag'-a-dan, ma-ga'-dan (Magadan; the reading of the Textus Receptus of the New Testament, Magdala (the King James Version), but Magdala is unsupported): This name appears only in Mt 15:39
. In the parallel passage, Mk 8:10
, its place is taken by Dalmanutha. From these two passages it is reasonable to infer that "the borders of Magadan" and "the parts of Dalmanutha" were contiguous. We may perhaps gather from the narrative that they lay on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. After the feeding of the 4,000, Jesus and His disciples came to these parts. Thence they departed to "the other side" (Mk 8:13
), arriving at Bethsaida. This is generally believed to have been Bethsaida Julias, Northeast of the sea, whence He set out on His visit to Caesarea Philippi. In this case we might look for Dalmanutha and Magadan somewhere South of the Plain of Gennesaret, at the foot of the western hills. Stanley (SP, 383) quotes Schwarz to the effect that a cave in the face of these precipitous slopes bears the name of Teliman or Talmanutha. If this is true, it points to a site for Dalmanutha near `Ain el-Fuliyeh. Magadan might then be represented by el-Mejdel, a village at the Southwest corner of the Plain of Gennesaret. It is commonly identified with Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene, but without any evidence. The name suggests that this was the site of an old Hebrew mighdal, "tower" or "fortress." The village with its ruins is now the property of the German Roman Catholics. The land in the plain has been purchased by a colony of Jews, and is once more being brought under cultivation.
The identification with Magdala is made more probable by the frequent interchange of "l" for "n", e.g. Nathan (Hebrew), Nethel (Aramaic).