Following the paths of Jesus: Capernaum

Take a look into the town where Jesus performed many miracles and called his disciples to come and follow after Him.

Capernaum (photo credit: )
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After Jesus' encounter with Satan in the wilderness he made way to the Galilee teaching in the synagogues as people from the whole countryside came to hear him speak. He went and lived in Capernaum (Matthew 4:13). It was in Capernaum that Jesus called Matthew - the tax collector - to leave his profession and come and follow him. Other disciples of Jesus living in this village were the fishermen, Peter, James, John and Andrew. In conjunction with living in this city, Jesus also performed many miracles, including healing the servant of the centurion, a Roman soldier credited with having built the synagogue. Capernaum was once a bustling town on the shores of the Sea of Galilee that was inhabited from 150 BC to 750 AD. Today, all that remains in the city once cursed by Jesus is an ancient synagogue and remains of St. Peter's home. The synagogue is believed to have been standing during the time of Jesus but is clearly dated to a later period. Remains of an earlier synagogue are evident and was used as the foundation of the synagogue that was built later. Ruins of where streets and houses once stood remain within walls constructed of basalt blocks. A typical home in Capernaum had an open courtyard with cobbled floors and grain mills. St. Peter's home bears significance as it was where the first church had their meeting. A rock remains as a symbol of what Jesus said. "I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it" (Matthew 16:18).