Around the Sea of Galilee – Visit Four: Capernaum The Town of Jesus

Further along the northern part of the Sea of Galiliee, one finds Capernaum.  It was a Roman town of some importance on the north shore of the Galilee where Jesus preached and where a number of his disciples lived.

Through the gates we go, after paying 10 shekels to the attendant.

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Immediately I see that this historic zone is undergoing renovation and some of the areas are cordoned off.

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Among the carved stones and pillars awaiting completion of the renovations is one with a Hebrew inscription about James and John, the sons of Zebedee, whose mother asked Jesus to let them sit on his left and his right in his kingdom (Matthew 20:20)

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On the north side of the historic site are the remains of synagogue of white stone built over what has been called the “synagogue of Jesus” built earlier of black volcanic stone like the rest of the town site.

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And, carved in stone above a doorway this:

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Looking garishly out-of-place, this modern church was built over the ruins of what is said to have been the home of Simon Peter.

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Having soaked up as much history as I could, and way too much bright sun, it was time to move on …

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