Capernaum

Looking toward Tiberias from Capernaum

Capernaum (cah-pear-nay-OOM) is in the upper west corner of the Sea of Galilee, and cited often in the gospels. Matt 4:13 “And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim.” The end of the name is the same as with the Prophet Nahum (Nah-hoom). Capernaum, meaning the home of Nahum.

“And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.” (Jesus in Matt. 11:23) There is much more in John 2, 4 and 6, for the curious. Notice Jesus came out of Nazereth which, of course, is where he grew up.

After we looked around a bit and went through this church, we headed to the Sea of Galilee. Nazareth to me felt like a multi-tiered landscape, very different.

The original house of Peter’s Mother-in-law is underneath the reconstructed one you see here. Right next door was a Synagogue, or what’s left of one, where they lifted the roof and lowered the palsied man, “Mom” was healed, and much more.

Since we were up north in the Galilee area, we went on up to the Golan Heights that you’ve heard about in the news recently. Mr. Trump recognized Israel’s ownership of this region. We saw a brief film on the Valley of Tears, the battle between Israel and Syria for the region. You should check that out, because it was a very important struggle for the Israelis. We were only 40km from the Syrian Border. Very cold, and we got soaked! Plus, I lost all pictures of it, unless there’s some on my phone, we will see.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valley_of_Tears

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