This Is Capernaum

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Explore The Hometown Of Jesus

His Own City

pristine capernaum ruins
After departing from the wilderness (40 days and nights), Jesus receives word that John the Baptist has been taken into custody. Jesus leaves Nazareth to set His home in Capernaum. It will later be referred to as “His own city”
(Matthew 9:1). At least 3 of His disciples were from this city. Though Peter and Andrew were originally from Bethsaida, Scripture tells us that they moved to Capernaum (Mark 1:29).

A Prophet In His Hometown...

capernaum temple
The people that we read of being present in Capernaum give us some indication as to the importance to the city. A Roman centurion with a detachment of soldiers, a taxing station and a royal official are ample evidence to the governing attention given. Nevertheless, Jesus chastises them in Matthew 11 :23 for the way they willingly ignored the signs and wonders given to them. Yet faithful people lived there during the time of Christ. The Roman centurion with a sick servant had previously built the synagogue there (Luke 7:5).


wall in capernaum
From the middle of the 2nd century AD, Capernaum became a central point for rabbinical Judaism. Christians were roundly rejected and little was done to change their perception. Debate still exists whether archaeologists have discovered the actual ruins of Simon Peter’s house there. Regardless, by the 4th century AD, a church was built at the site and new one (the Octagonal Church) replaced it in the 5th century AD. By the 11th century AD, the city is abandoned due to the Islamic invasion of the land.

Exploring Capernaum

Biblical Significance

Capernaum plays an important role in the story of the life of Christ. In Capernaum we see examples of faith, miracles and healing. But also familiarity and doubt.