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“Walk where Jesus walked” is never more meaningful in your holy land tour then in Capernaum – referred as Jesus “own town” (Matt. 9:1). In Capernaum sit on the ancient synagogue with a foundation still present, and where Luke writes was built by a centurion whose servant Jesus healed (Luke 7:3-5). Capernaum is where Jesus began his teachings, this is where he taught (Mark 1:21; John 6:59) and made miracles by healing a man possessed by a demon (Mark 1:23-27), and where Jesus raised from the dead the daughter of this synagogue’s leader (Luke 8:49-53).

Capernaum was a beautiful sea side town decorated with beautiful stone carvings made with ordinary tools in Jesus times and are still visible today, a true reminder of his prediction about this town (Matt. 11:23). One of the highlights is Peter’s home, where Jesus made the miracle healing of Peter’s mother-in-law (Matt. 8:14-15; Mark 1:29-31). Capernaum is a must when visiting on a Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Israel. It is here at Peter’s home after all where over centuries of pilgrims have left 131 inscriptions on the walls. Here you will see many times Jesus name and Peter’s as well as crosses carved in stone, along with pilgrim’s names and blessings. Later, in the fourth century, a church whose mosaic floor is still visible was built around Peter’s house as it’s main centerpiece, and only years ago a modern catholic church went all around the ruins. The old and new walls show the great reverence for this historical biblical site and the importance of the stories of the Gospels in the heart of Capernaum.

Archaeologists have done a marvelous job unearthing this fishing and farming village next to the Sea of Galilee, showing simple dwellings and depicting the typical town and life of Jesus disciples, and where Jesus taught and began his ministry around the age of 30 years old, the ‘Early Galilean ministry begins when after Jesus is Baptized in the Jordan River, he goes back to Galilee from the temptation of Christ in the Judean desert.

21 And they went into Caperna-um; and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; 24 and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching! With authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

Mark Chapter 1