ah, the Sea of Galilee, i've chatted about this before.
Lake Kinneret – the Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee - Lake Kinneret, in the Jordan Great Rift Valley.
The lake often appears on maps and in the New Testament as Sea of Galilee or Sea of Tiberias. The Babylonian Talmud, as well as Josephus Flavius mention the lake by the name "Sea of Ginnosar" after a small fertile plain that lies on its western side.
This name, in the form Lake of Gennesaret or Sea of Gennesaret appears in Christian religious texts. The name common in Hebrew today is borrowed from the Hebrew Bible, where the lake is called the "Sea of Chinnereth" (or spelled as "Kinnereth").
This name was also found in the scripts of Ugarit, in the Aqhat Epic. A variant of this name is Sea of Chinneroth. The name may originate from the Hebrew word kinnor ("harp" or "lyre")), in view of the shape of the lake, perhaps from a name of a fruit called in Biblical Hebrew kinar, and is thought to be the fruit of Ziziphus spina-christi.
In Christian tradition the tree Ziziphus spina-christi was identified with the thorn bush with which Jesus was crowned before his crucifixion (Matthew 27:28–29; John 19:5; Mark 15:17). This is also the source for the scientific name (spina-christi). Ziziphus
, the ancient Greeks called the tree zizyphon, from the Arabic zizouf, a name for the mythical lotus. This was taken into Latin as zizyphum, or zizypha for the fruits. spina-christi
, spina, thorn; prickle, spine; meaning "covered with Christ's-thorn."
The Ziziphus spina-christi has round golden fruit...like small shining apples.
The Golden bough and / or the Lyre of Aeneas.
It is suggested that this is the only tree species considered "holy" by Muslims (all the individuals of the species are sanctified by religion) in addition to its status as "sacred tree (particular trees which are venerated due to historical or magical events related to them, regardless of their botanical identity) in the Middle East. It has also a special status as "blessed tree" among the Druze. ..... ("sacred" trees are called "blessed" because according to their tradition only humans can be sacred).
and as i mentioned the other day...the word blue is thought to originally designate a discoloured, pale, washed-out shade. Through a Proto-Indo-European root, it is also linked with Latin flavus "yellow" as in golden... with Greek phalos (white), French blanc (white) and with Russian белый, belyi ("white," see beluga), and Welsh blawr (grey) all of which derive from the Proto-Indo-European root *bhel- meaning "to shine, flash or burn"..Bel, Beli, Belennos etc.
the shining golden apples of eternal youth and resurrection.