Capernaum, the Synagogue and Peter’s Home

We drove the short distance to Capernaum this morning. I remember visiting this place years ago (before Magdala was discovered). There is also a 1st Century Synagogue here where Jesus most likely taught. We explored the excavations. Found the same carvings in the stone that we saw in the pulpit stone in Magdala, with the rosette flower and the traveling ark of the covenant. There’s also a menorah in some of the capitals of the pillars.

These excavation sites have been made into beautiful garden areas for visitors. So many buses of visitors come here. We sat in the synagogue and felt the place. I look at the stone pavements and wonder “who has walked here??” Mikvah baths in the area and stone homes or shops surround the synagogue. Towns were small then. Interesting how the homes were all built of stone with thick walls. Rooms were very small.  Capernaum is where Jesus lived, as he went out to preach from there. It’s right on the Sea of Galilee, so there were lots of fishermen there.  In the evenings we 4 have been watching The Chosen, the episodes of events that took place here.  It’s wonderful to be in these actual places.

This is the first century synagogue in Capernaum, another place where Jesus surely taught.

The archaeologists believe Peter’s home is the one under the spaceship-looking church.  You can go inside and look down on the stone home.

Here’s looking under the spaceship at the excavations.

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