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capernaum


capernaum


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  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  Palestine.  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.) 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Capernaum,  the  field  of  repentance;  city  of  comfort