CAPERNAUM, Kefar Nahum (“town of Nahum”)
We honor the CHRISTmas season with our December sites of the week.
This week the famous city of New Testament times, Capernaum. More of Christ’s miracles were performed here than in any other city. Capernaum possibly had a population of 10,000. Located on Galilee ten miles north of Tiberias. Just 2.5 miles west from where the Jordan River enters Galilee. Center of Christ’s activities for 18-20 months after he left Nazareth. Home of Peter. Jesus lived here most of the time during His ministry, beginning 30 AD. He made it his home, “his own city” (Matt 4:13-15; 9:1; Luke 4:31; John 2:12; Mark 1:21). Remains of Synagogue where the Lord preached (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:31-33) and healed are still there. Archaeologists believe the foundation of the building (note the line along the outside of the foundation) date to Christ’s time. The Synagogue now standing was built in 400 AD and was built by Jews, not by Arabs. Impressive ruin, many artifacts, carvings recovered and on display. Here Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew.