Capernaum Today

One can visit Capernaum today.  It is located on western shore of the Sea of Galilee.  Shown below is a 2012 picture showing about 20% of the excavated area.RBC Retreat, Emmanuel Longing Final Sept 2014 copy.069-004 At the city’s eastern edge is the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  In the photograph below, the distant mount barely visible in the humid air is the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee and the area beyond it (today that mount is in the country Jordan).RBC Retreat, Emmanuel Longing Final Sept 2014 copy.070-001Central to the village was its synagogue.  The white stones are from the synagogue of the 5th Century A.D.  Below the bottom course of white stones lies the remnant stones of the synagogue that existed at the time of Christ and where the events to be recounted later took place.RBC Retreat, Emmanuel Longing Final Sept 2014 copy.071-002The primary economic activity of people of Capernaum was associated with the Sea of Galilee which was fishing and all the related support activities.  Peter and his brother Andrew, and the brothers John and James, were all fishermen, which became a metaphor to their subsequent chosen role to be fishers of men.

Although the stones are silent (will be ever hear a recording of those ancient voices and messages?), the Gospel texts, especially the book of Mark, have recorded for us the Works and Words of Jesus that occurred in this place.