Capernaum Israel – The town of Jesus

Capernaum was a fishing village in the time of the Hasmoneans, located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee.The picture shows the ancient synagogue in Capernaum, one of the oldest synagogue buildings in the world. Photo by Itamar Grinberg.

Capernaum Israel

Capernaum  Israel is located on the Shores of the Sea of Galilee .
Capernaum, in Hebrew Kfar Nahum, literally “The Village of Nahum”, was an ancient fishing town on the shores of the Kineret inhabited during the first centuries of the First Millennium. It is located on the northwestern shore of the lake on the ancient road that leads from the Mediterranean to Damascus. It had a population of about 1,500.

Capernaum Synagogue

It featured a Synagogue built with imported limestone that was very different from the cobalt stones used to build the humble houses of the village. When Jesus left Nazareth he came to live here and it is said that he lived in Peter’s house. It is here where he found his first four disciples: Yaacov, Yohanan, Keifa and Andrey more recognized in English as James, John, Peter, and Andrew.Capernaum in the new testament
The New Testament mentions that Jesus used to teach in the Synagogue in Capernaum on the Sabbath Day. It is here where some of Jesus Miracles occurred. Jesus healed a man that had a spirit of an unclean devil and also cured the fever of Peter’s mother in law among others
Recent excavations have discovered the two stories Synagogue. It was beautifully ornamented depicting fruits, flora, stars, geometric motifs and even some mythological figures with dedications in Aramaic and Greek.
Its existence is attested to by several sources outside the Bible, including Josephus and the Talmud.

The house of Peter at Capernaum

Today there is an octagonal Byzantine Church near the Synagogue. It features a mosaic floor. It is believed to have been built on the site of Peter’s house.
Archaeological excavations have discovered houses dating back to the First Century and one of the houses could very well be the house of Peter. the house has been preserved almost like a museum along the century highlighting its importance and graffitis been found on the walls of the house
Archeological excavations at what is now known as Tell Hum have uncovered, among other things, a Synagogue and a fifth-century church built over a fourth-century “house church” that has become to be known as “Peter’s House.”

Capernaum in the new testament

Capernaum is often referenced in the gospels. Jesus is described as having spent enough time in and around Capernaum that it came to be known as Jesus’ city.
Verses are referring to Jesus healing and teaching here in all four gospels. Despite all of this, however, Jesus is also depicted in Matthew and Luke as having felt rejected by the town’s inhabitants and cursing them.
The property is owned and administered by two entities; the Franciscans own and control the western portion where the Synagogue is and the Greek Orthodox control the other part where the White Church with red domes is located.Capernaum Israel
Capernaum is frequented by Christian Pilgrims on their Holy Land Tour
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Important Site for Jews and Christians alike
Today only ruins remain of this site which is important to Christians and Jews alike and is part of every itinerary on the Holy Land Tours.
Capernaum is located on Road number 90. This road goes from North to South bordering the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan Valley, and the Dead Sea to Eilat.
But most probably you’ll get there taken by your courteous driver and your Israel Tour Guide. Believe me, he is an expert in the field.

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