Capernaum from our May trip
Jesus preached in many towns around Jerusalem. He would travel from place to place and preach in the synagogues and doing good. From studying a list of His travels we find Jesus ended up spending a lot of time in Capernaum.
Here is an olive oil press found in the area of Capernaum.
Behind our tour guide Nurit (who is standing) is the side wall of the Synagogue at Capernaum.
Pastor Don read a list of the various places Jesus traveled, in ROUGHLY the order He traveled to them. The names were given so quickly I did not get them all down in my notebook, so I took this list from the back of my Bible. You will get the general idea that Capernaum was a frequent stopping place of Jesus during his travels. Capernaum was where Peter’s House was located.
Travels of Jesus in His early life
The years of ministry
Pastor Don told us, no matter how busy we are in our ministry, we need to find a place where we can go to get rest and refreshment, even Jesus needed that. Capernaum was the place where Jesus could go to worship and be taken care of. He probably stayed at Peter’s house.
We spent some time looking at the site of the synagogue at Capernaum. The remains of the synagogue we see is built over the synagogue that Jesus worshipped at, but the synagogue site is the same.
The pillars straight ahead from where we were walking were where the scrolls of Torah would have been kept.
Nurit was explaining some aspects of the Synagogue to us.
Thought you might like a picture of me. Pastor Don in Green shirt, Pastor Ted in blue shirt, looking at parts of the synagogue.
The scrolls were kept in the area where the person is sitting.
This shows you some of the excavations in Capernaum, and lets us see how close and small the houses were. One house stood out from the rest, with several additions and larger size. It is this house, thought to be Peter’s, that a Catholic church was built over. The rationale was this particular house had more and more additions added onto it than any others in the area, and that was because more and more people would gather for ministry.
Here are some pictures of what they believe to be the house of Peter.
The Church had a glass floor that looked straight down on the footprint of the house of Peter.
This is viewing the walls from alongside the church.
You can see that there were additions to the house.
The next stage of our journey brought us UP to Jerusalem. We never fully comprehended what was meant by that term until the bus ride there. I got great respect for all the walking Jesus and the disciples did. The countryside was very rugged.
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