After the three dubious sites, we drove another few kms along the Sea nearly to its top and visited a site that is indisputable, at least in general terms – Capernaum. Capernaum is massively important in Jesus’ ministry. After his rejection in Nazareth, Jesus moved to Capernaum, likely settling in Peter’s family home (where he healed Peter’s mother-in-law) (Matt 4:13). He ministered there (e.g. Matt 8:5; Mark 1:21; 2:1; Luke 4:31). He went to and fro from there ministering.
The site is great. There is a church there, St Peters (right).
There is a lovely fourth century synagogue, a small portion of which is first century (right and below).
Just down the road is the beautiful Orthodox Church.
It is full of amazing art.
I was powerfully moved as I walked beside the sea beside the church – was it here that Jesus called the first disciples? I again heard Jesus’ call – come follow me, and I will make you a fisher of people (right).
I said yes,and like those two monks above, I will follow. Will you?
The Sea Beside Capernaum Where Peter, James, John and Andrew Plied Their Trade