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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
        many acts and incidents of his life (Matt. 8:5, 14, 15; 9:2-6,
        10-17; 15:1-20; Mark 1:32-34, etc.). The impenitence and
        unbelief of its inhabitants after the many evidences our Lord
        gave among them of the truth of his mission, brought down upon
        them a heavy denunciation of judgement (Matt. 11:23).
        It stood on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. The "land
        of Gennesaret," near, if not in, which it was situated, was one
        of the most prosperous and crowded districts of Israel. This
        city lay on the great highway from Damascus to Acco and Tyre. It
        has been identified with Tell Hum, about two miles south-west of
        where the Jordan flows into the lake. Here are extensive ruins
        of walls and foundations, and also the remains of what must have
        been a beautiful synagogue, which it is conjectured may have
        been the one built by the centurion (Luke 7:5), in which our
        Lord frequently taught (John 6:59; Mark 1:21; Luke 4:33). Others
        have conjectured that the ruins of the city are to be found at
        Khan Minyeh, some three miles further to the south on the shore
        of the lake. "If Tell Hum be Capernaum, the remains spoken of
        are without doubt the ruins of the synagogue built by the Roman
        centurion, and one of the most sacred places on earth. It was in
        this building that our Lord gave the well-known discourse in
        John 6; and it was not without a certain strange feeling that on
        turning over a large block we found the pot of manna engraved on
        its face, and remembered the words, 'I am that bread of life:
        your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.'",
        (The Recovery of Jerusalem.)
Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Capernaum' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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