Historical Significance
  • Located on the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum served as a fishing village in the time of Jesus. Had a population of roughly 1500 people. 
Political/Cultural Significance
  • Today, two churches share ownership of the ruins of the ancient city: The Franciscans and the Greek Orthodox.
  • It is home to an ancient synagogue which dates back to the 4th century AD and is built upon the foundations of a first century AD synagogue.
Biblical Significance
  • Matthew 4:13-16 When Jesus was rejected at Nazareth, He moved to Capernaum and made it the center of His activity/preaching for 18-20 months. In fact, more of Jesus’ recorded miracles occurred in Capernaum than in any other city.
  • Matthew 4:18-22 Peter, Andrew, James, and John were called to be disciples near Capernaum
  • Mark 1:21 Jesus taught in the synagogue at Capernaum, delivered a man from an unclean spirit, and also healed Peter’s mother in law