This city once lay on the great trade route from Damascus to Egypt as many as 10,000 people may have lived here in Christ’s day. Tolls were collected here, and Christ called Matthew the tax collector from this city to be His disciple. (Mark 2:14).
The following are the events that took place in Capernaum:
Peter took the coin from the fishes’ mouth (Matthew 17:24-27)
Peter’s mother-in-law was healed. (Luke 7:1-10)
The palsied man was let down through the roof. (Mark 2:1-2)
The demoniac was healed in the synagogue. (Mark 1:21-27)
The nobleman’s son was healed from a distance. (John 4-46-54)
The daughter of Jairus was raised from the dead (Luke 8:41)
The healing of the two blind men (Matthew 9:27-30)
The Lord’s great discourse on the Bread of Life, and others, were given in Capernaum. (John 6:24-71). In spite of all the miracles, Capernaum failed to repent, and believe in Christ, and so came under His judgment. (Luke 10:15). Excavations have uncovered a fine 2nd century synagogue which was built over the one that Christ preached in.