Capernaum

Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee

 

The Village of Capernaum locally known as Nahum was referred to as the “Town of Yeshua” and home to Matthew, Peter, Andrew, James and John. The home of Peter’s mother-in-law, and scene other miracles, were next to the synagogue. Many were healed and delivered from demons and disease. Here, even a Roman Centurion sought a miracle for his servant. It was also here (Luke 2:1) that the people were so eager to get near him; they removed a tile roof and lowered a paralyzed man into the crowd. The 4th century synagogue remains very visible. The earlier 1st century CE synagogue was discovered directly under the newer building. The original built with black basalt stones; the newer 5th century was built with imported white blocks of calcareous stone from a distant quarry. This is considered to be one of the oldest synagogues in the world. Like all synagogues now built in Israel, it faces Jerusalem.

Directly above the hills looking down on Kafer Nachum are the ruins of ancient Korazim, a National Park. Korazim has had a continuous Jewish presence for over 3000 years!

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