Walk where Jesus Walked

Mark 1:21-28 (CSB) They went into Capernaum, and right away he entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and began to teach. They were astonished at his teaching because he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not like the scribes.
Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out, “What do you have to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit threw him into convulsions, shouted with a loud voice, and came out of him.
They were all amazed, and so they began to ask each other, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once the news about him spread throughout the entire vicinity of Galilee.

Unquestionably, one of the greatest finds in Capernaum is the restored ancient synagogue. Although the white marble ruins date later than the first century, they rest on top of the thick, black basalt foundation of the synagogue in the time of Jesus. In fact, a number of historical and biblical events occurred in this synagogue. It’s mind-boggling to walk in the space and imagine the conversations that occurred there, several of which Scripture records (Mark 1:21-28; John 6:35-59).

Photos were taken during my trip to Israel (February 20, 2020)

The Synagogue in Capernaum

Ruins of a synagogue in Capernaum, built on the original first-century AD basalt foundation. “And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching.” (Mark 1:21)

This photo shows the area between the synagogue and the 5th century church. The modern building, seen in the background, is the new church, which is built over the old church and the site of St Peter’s house.

Likely Peter’s home, this site would have housed Jesus a number of times (Mark 1:29-35). Here Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law.

The 5th century AD church, seen below, was built over St. Peter’s house. It has the shape of an Octagon, which was typical of early churches and structures


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