Capernaum was a fishing village, located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It had a population of about 1,500. Archaeological excavations have revealed two ancient synagogues built one over the other. A house turned into a church by the Byzantines is believed to have been the home of St. Peter.
Capernaum is located near important sites as Tabgha, The Jordan River and Mount of Beatitudes. During the time of Jesus Capernaum was one of the main trading villages with many of the residents fishermen.
Capernaum is mentioned in the New Testement where Jesus left Nazareth and took up residence.
13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—
14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”
There is a early Christian home in Capernaum thought to be the home of Peter. It was here that Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law.
Matthew 8: 14 - 17
14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
“He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
Jesus also healed many in Capernaum and found the Faith of the Centurion Matthew 8: 5 - 13
5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6“Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”
8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
LEARNING THE LANGUAGE
HELLO, GOODBYE, AND THANK YOU are the most common phrases you will use when Traveling throughout the Middle East.
- Hebrew - Shalom. (shah-lohm; Hello; peace.)
- Arabic - Ahlan ( ah-lahn. welcome) or marHaban MARR-hah-bah. (hello; greetings
- Hebrew - Shalom. (shah-lohm; Peace.) or Kol Tuv. (kohl toov; Be well.)
- Arabic – Wada’an (wa de han; Goodbye)
- Hebrew - Toda (toh-Dah ; Thanks) or Toda Raba (Toe-DAH ruh-BAH; Thank you very much)
- Arabic – Shokran (shoo-kran; Thank You)
Maranatha Tours Tour Guide Travel Book
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