One of the most frequently mentioned towns in the gospels, on the NW shore of the Sea of Galilee, and the centre of a fishing industry. Here Jesus healed (e.g. Matt. 8:5–13), taught (Mark 1:21), and called disciples (Mark 2:1, 14). A synagogue has been excavated which belongs to the 4th cent.CE, but beneath it are the ruins of one from the 1st cent.CE. Other excavations have revealed a 1st cent.CE private house beneath a 5th-cent. CE church which the Franciscan friars responsible for the work identify as that of Simon Peter.

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  • Capernaum — (IPA /kʰəˈpɚ.nəm/; Hebrew כפר נחום Kefar Nachum , Nahum s hamlet )was a settlement on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The site is a ruin today, but was inhabited from 150 BC to about AD 750.The town is mentioned in the New Testament: in the… …   Wikipedia

  • CAPERNAUM — CAPERNAUM, ancient village on the N.W. shore of the sea of Galilee. Its name is derived from the Hebrew Kefar ( village of ) Naḥum (an unknown personage). It is first mentioned by josephus as a village on his line of advance toward the issue of… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • CAPERNAUM — vide Capharnaum …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Capernaum — [kə pʉr′nē əm] city in ancient Palestine, on the Sea of Galilee: cf. Matt. 4:12 13; John 2:12 …   English World dictionary

  • Capernaum — /keuh perr nay euhm, nee /, n. an ancient site in N Israel, on the Sea of Galilee: center of Jesus ministry in Galilee. * * * Ancient city, Palestine. Located on the northwestern shore of the Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee), it was the home of… …   Universalium

  • Capernaum —    Nahum s town, a Galilean city frequently mentioned in the history of our Lord. It is not mentioned in the Old Testament. After our Lord s expulsion from Nazareth (Matt. 4:13 16; Luke 4:16 31), Capernaum became his own city. It was the scene of …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Capernaum — geographical name city of ancient Palestine on NW shore of Sea of Galilee …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • CAPERNAUM —    a town on the N. side of the Sea of Galilee, the centre of Christ s labours, the exact site of which is uncertain …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Capernaum — n. ancient city located on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee (Israel); site of partially restored ruins of a splendid synagogue of the 3rd century; site of the home of Jesus during much of his ministry and the home of some of his… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Capernaum — Ca•per•na•um [[t]kəˈpɜr neɪ əm, ni [/t]] n. bib geg an ancient site in N Israel, on the Sea of Galilee: center of Jesus ministry in Galilee …   From formal English to slang

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