Off the side of the main road, onto a short drive down into a big car park is Capernaum
Sign shows there is a dress code here, just as well I forgot to bring my shorts, but wearing trousers in the heat on this day was pretty uncomfortable to say the least.
Gardens inside the gate looks very pretty.
Here are the ruins of the synagogue, as you can see some parts are more complete than others.
My friend Arnold stands by the pillars.
There is one interesting twist with Capernaum, there is a new building built on stilts on top of some of the ruins! Here you can see these steps go up to the elevated new church.
I really like the design of the new building, its spacious up here!
Capernaum of course was home to Jesus after he left Nazareth.
A centurian asked Jesus to heal his servant who was back home in Cana. Matthew 8.
In Mark 1 Jesus lived here after leaving Nazareth and preached at the Synagogue and casted out unclean spirits from people. Mark 2, explains a disabled man is brought in through the roof, by digging into the roof;
Hold on – digging in a roof? When I went to Iceland people (this country was founded in about 900AD) had roofs made of soil with grass growing out, to help keep the house warm, surely this would not happen in biblical houses at the time of Jesus?
I had a look at a web site containing the original Greek NT. Its not readable with Google translator but the English text on the left says they uncovered the roof (covered with felt maybe?) and broken it (the roof up) to get the man in.
Today of course modern regulations means disabled people need ramps or maybe lifts to get into public places, however awkward and destructive it was, it was nice that people took the time to get this fellow in front of Jesus when he was preaching there.
If anyone else is also curious about how the disabled man was brought by his friends into the synagogue I would be interested to know what you think.
A day in my work in the Galilee – The Jesus boat in Ginosar – The Kinneret Lake – Tiberias evening light show – Preaching and miracles of Jesus in Capernaum – Tiberias city centre and Muriels and Maimonidies