Capernaum The House of Saint Peter
Capernaum Sea of Galilee – the base of Jesus Christ in the Galilee:
On the northern shore of the Sea of the Galilee, (Lake Kineret), located a small fisherman’s ancient village name Capernaum.
Capernaum = Kfar Nahum = in Hebrew כפר נחום, no one knows for sure what is the origin of the name but some believe it is named after ancient biblical profit name Nahum – נחום.
- “A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home”. (Mark 2:1)
- “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick” (Matthew 8: 16-17)
Archaeologists believe that this small biblical ancient village contained a small population of about 1500 people, At Capernaum – two ancient synagogues where revealed built one on top the other and an old Church built out side of the village is estimated to be Peter’s original home or birthplace attracts worldwide Christians, Pilgrims & Crusades.
Capernaum in the Bible and Gospel:
Many Gospel events took place in Capernaum village and it was Jesus main base during his Galilee teachings ministry. Jesus of Nazareth probably spent long time and lived in Capernaum; it is believed to be the house of Peter and Andrew – Jesus first converts. It was in Capernaum where Jesus began to preach, in the synagogue of Capernaum Jesus said,
“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:54)
The Jewish citizens of Capernaum didn’t agree with Jesus Christ teachings and opposed him and so Jesus cursed them and said: “And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the Day of Judgment than for you.” (Matt. 11:23-24).
Capernaum top sites, attractions and what to see:
His holiness John Paul II visited the ruins of Capernaum during his visit to the Holy Land in March 2000,
- The synagogue of Capernaum, facing Jerusalem, is located near the shore.
- The church of Capernaum is believed to stand on the traditional spot of St. Peter’s home, closer to the Kineret shore than the synagogue.
- The octagonal Church of St. Peter is another main attraction in Capernaum, this church estimated to 5th-century before the modern church was built above it.
- The Modern Franciscan Church with glass floor viewing the House of Saint Peter and ruins of ancient houses surroundings. (see picture)
Capernaum Map and Pictures:
There are many fascinating archeological discoveries in Capernaum area, from the famous mosaics to Synagogues, roman empire coins, jugs and other ceramic crafts, one of the items found in many Biblical ancient villages and towns from Jesus Christ time is the Biblical Oil Lamp – Menorah.
Capernaum Ancient Holy Land pictures & Photos:
These amazing ancient photos of Capernaum were taken and published between 1890-1905