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“The word of Jesus went forth first from Capernaum. Capernaum was not only the center of Jesus’ Galilean ministry, but it was also the place of his longest residence.”
Capernaum. Photo: Garo Nalbandian.
Authors - Shanks - James - F - Strange
This is how authors Hershel Shanks and James F. Strange set the stage for the tantalizing discoveries described in the Biblical Archaeology Review article “Has the House Where Jesus Stayed in Capernaum Been Found?”
These compelling words lead the reader into a mystery within a mystery within a mystery. And as so often happens in Biblical archaeology, although most clues to structures in antiquity have long since vanished, the ardent beliefs of Christians, and the buildings they reverently—and repeatedly—raised on top of the ancient ruins, point like arrows to places we’ve all longed to view.
Clues - Fascinating - Study - Layers - Years
You can follow all the clues in this fascinating study, down through the many layers, the many years, and the many misdirections that humans bestow upon historical study.
Follow clues like mysteriously plastered walls … disappearing domestic pottery sherds … early Christian graffiti. (Is that a sigma? Omicron? Even the authors don’t agree.) Discover a fourth-century tourist’s diary that explains her certainty about this structure.
Apostle - Peter - House - Jesus - House-church
Could it really be the Apostle Peter’s house, where Jesus stayed for so long and where he preached? Could the house-church discovered beneath a later octagonal church actually have been created from this home?
We still don’t know for sure, but the tantalizing evidence is on full display in “Has the House Where Jesus Stayed in Capernaum Been Found?” How much proof will satisfy you in your quest to know the truth?
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