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    ancient roman synagogue

    by mindcrime Written Apr 10, 2014
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    I am the bread of life… these things he said while teaching in the synagogue of Capharnaum (gospel of John 6:59)
    The main attraction in Capernaum is the Ancient Roman Synagogue. It was built somewhere around 4th or 5th century AD with white blocks of calcareous stone that made (and still does) a big contrast with the black basalt they used for the residential buildings around. You can see the large praying hall that was about 24x18 meters, the western patio and 2 other smaller rooms.

    But the most amazing thing here is that the synagogue was built over the remains of the early roman synagogue, probably the one that Jesus went to teach as it is mentioned in the Gospels. You can actually see the almost a meter high walls from the time of Jesus along with the entire western wall.
    There are also some inscriptions in greek and Aramaic letters although through out our visit we were listening Spanish because there was a tourist group from latin America and their guide was loud enough to everyone along Galilee region as he was holding a large electric megaphone, but after a while it got pretty funny ….y ahora vamos a la casa de Pietro… :)

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    House of Peter

    by mindcrime Written Apr 10, 2014
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    On leaving the synagogue he entered the house of Peter and Andrew with James and John (Gospel of Marc 1:29)
    The area between the synagogue and the lakeshore is full of ruins, the excavation brought in life a big part for the roman town that was there since the 1st century AD and was in use till 4th century. The octagonal church was built during the 5th century, a typical early Christian church that was built over the house that they claim it was Peter’s and was erected to honor him, don’t forget he was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus with a leading role in early Christian church.

    So what was this modern structure we had in front of us?! It’s a modern catholic church that was built in 1990 over the ruins of the 5th century church and St. Peter’s house. It has a strange shape like an octagon. We walked up to main floor, there was much light inside, the general atmosphere wasn’t very spiritual, actually it would be nice for a conference hall for sure, but it’s interesting to check the glass bottom window in the center from where you can see down at the house of Peter!

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    church of the Seven Apostles

    by mindcrime Written Apr 10, 2014
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    And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
    Some people visit the main site in Capernaum (for the Ancient Synagogue and the House of Peter) and they miss the back side which is a great area, actually we liked it so much there that we had picnic. It was very peaceful and we strolled around near the sea of Galilee. Some people arrive there anyway when they come by the Jesus Boats from Tiberias.

    A few meters a way is a Greek Orthodox church. It’s a beautiful church dedicated to the Seven Apostles. Inside is full of colorful wall paintings that cover every inch along with the colorful ceiling. In most of them you can see miracles of Jesus he performed in Capernaum (healing of the paralytic, healing of two blind men, healing of the dumb demoniac, raising a girl from the dead etc). There are also stained glass windows that light beautifully the interior of the church.

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    Capernaum: Synagogue Ruins

    by machomikemd Written Sep 13, 2013
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    This will be my tip and pictures of the Synagogue Ruins where Jesus preached during his ministry at Capernaum.

    The synagogue of Capernaum is located just inland from the shore with its facade facing Jerusalem, The dating of this synagogue is debated, but it is clearly later than the first century. Excavations have revealed a synagogue from the time of Jesus with walls made of worked stone and 4 feet thick.These earlier walls were preserved up to 3 feet high and the entire western wall still exists and was used as the foundation for the later synagogue.

    Capernaum is a fishing village at the Northern Area of the Sea of Galilee which according to biblical sources is the fishing village of some of the Apostles of Jesus and where the house of Saint Peter is located, in fact there is a Roman Catholic Chapel at the top of the excavations of houses below where the house is located. On the Eastern side is the Greek Orthodox Church of the 7 Apostles are located. The town is also known as Bethsaida in Biblical Language. The town is cited in the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John where it was reported to have been near the hometown of the apostles Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John, as well as the tax collector Matthew. Jesus made Capernaum his home during the years of his ministry: "Leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum" (Matt 4:13). Capernaum was the center of Jesus activities in the Galilee and his town during that time. Jesus taught in the local synagogue and he also cursed the town for it's lack of faith.

    Capernaum is located at the north corner of the Sea of Galilee, on the side of the ancient road from Tiberias to the east of the sea of Galilee: Golan, Gamla and Jordan. It is a 3 minute drive east from the Primacy of Peter Church in Tabgha.

    The Ruins are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday and the entrance fee for Tourists and Pilgrims is NIS 3

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    Capernaum: Saint Peter Chapel

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    This will be my pictures of the Saint Peter Roman Catholic Chapel atop the ruins of Saint Peter House.

    The Octagonal Chapel Built along the top of the Ruins of Saint Peter House and the ruins of a 4rth century Byzantine Church provides a wonderful view of the excavations below. It was Built ny ther franciscans in the 1990's.

    Capernaum is a fishing village at the Northern Area of the Sea of Galilee which according to biblical sources is the fishing village of some of the Apostles of Jesus and where the house of Saint Peter is located, in fact there is a Roman Catholic Chapel at the top of the excavations of houses below where the house is located. On the Eastern side is the Greek Orthodox Church of the 7 Apostles are located. The town is also known as Bethsaida in Biblical Language. The town is cited in the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John where it was reported to have been near the hometown of the apostles Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John, as well as the tax collector Matthew. Jesus made Capernaum his home during the years of his ministry: "Leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum" (Matt 4:13). Capernaum was the center of Jesus activities in the Galilee and his town during that time. Jesus taught in the local synagogue and he also cursed the town for it's lack of faith.

    Capernaum is located at the north corner of the Sea of Galilee, on the side of the ancient road from Tiberias to the east of the sea of Galilee: Golan, Gamla and Jordan. It is a 3 minute drive east from the Primacy of Peter Church in Tabgha.

    The Ruins are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday and the entrance fee for Tourists and Pilgrims is NIS 3

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    Capernaum: Saint Peter House Ruins

    by machomikemd Written Sep 13, 2013
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    This will be my pictures of the Ruins of Sain Peter House.

    Capernaum is the fishing village of some of the Apostles of Jesus and where the house of Saint Peter is located, in fact there is a Roman Catholic Chapel at the top of the excavations of houses below where the house is located. ( i will have separate pictures for it).

    according to wikipedia:

    One block of homes, called by the Franciscan excavators the sacra insula or "holy insula" ("insula" refers to a block of homes around a courtyard) was found to have a complex history. Located between the synagogue and the lakeshore, it was found near the front of a labyrinth of houses from many different periods. Three principal layers have been identified:
    1.A group of private houses built around the 1st century BC which remained in use until the early 4th century.
    2.The great transformation of one of the homes in the 4th century.
    3.The octagonal church in the middle of the 5th century.

    The excavators concluded that one house in the village was venerated as the house of Peter the fisherman as early as the mid-1st century, with two churches having been constructed over it (Lofreda, 1984).

    Capernaum is located at the north corner of the Sea of Galilee, on the side of the ancient road from Tiberias to the east of the sea of Galilee: Golan, Gamla and Jordan. It is a 3 minute drive east from the Primacy of Peter Church in Tabgha.

    The Ruins are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday and the entrance fee for Tourists and Pilgrims is NIS 3

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    Ruins of Capernaum: Overview

    by machomikemd Written Sep 13, 2013
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    Capernaum is a fishing village at the Northern Area of the Sea of Galilee which according to biblical sources is the fishing village of some of the Apostles of Jesus and where the house of Saint Peter is located, in fact there is a Roman Catholic Chapel at the top of the excavations of houses below where the house is located. On the Eastern side is the Greek Orthodox Church of the 7 Apostles are located. The town is also known as Bethsaida in Biblical Language. The town is cited in the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John where it was reported to have been near the hometown of the apostles Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John, as well as the tax collector Matthew. Jesus made Capernaum his home during the years of his ministry: "Leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum" (Matt 4:13). Capernaum was the center of Jesus activities in the Galilee and his town during that time. Jesus taught in the local synagogue and he also cursed the town for it's lack of faith.

    Capernaum is located at the north corner of the Sea of Galilee, on the side of the ancient road from Tiberias to the east of the sea of Galilee: Golan, Gamla and Jordan. It is a 3 minute drive east from the Primacy of Peter Church in Tabgha.

    The Ruins are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday and the entrance fee for Tourists and Pilgrims is NIS 3

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    Mount of Beatitudes Roman Catholic Chapel

    by machomikemd Written Sep 13, 2013
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    The mountain is located above Tabgha, about 175 meters higher than the sea of Galilee, yet 35 meters under the Mediterranean sea level. It is approached by a road that climbs up from Tabgha junction, via Vered-Hagalil, towards Rosh-Pina and Upper Galilee

    According to the tradition, the Mount of Beatitudes is the place where Jesus gave his important sermon on the mountain (Mt 5, Lk 6:20) to the multitude that assembled to see and hear him. No one actually knows that actual site where Jesus Had his famous Sermon on the Mount but historians say that the location is just between Capernaum and Ginnosaur, among the hilly areas in Northern Sea of Galilee. In the 1930's with the help of the then period acoustic devices, the Roman Catholic Church Determined that the hill area with the most acoustic signal (that can send a voice in the mountains farthest) that goes down the Sea of Galilee is located just at the hilly area above the ruins of Capernaum and in the 1934, the franciscan religious order built a chapel on this hilly area and named in Mount of Beatitudes, and they built a monastery and a Beatiful Church which was designed by the famous Franciscan Priest and Architect, Antonio Barluzzi.
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    Mount of Beatitudes

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 13, 2013
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    According to the tradition, the Mount of Beatitudes is the place where Jesus gave his important sermon on the mountain (Mt 5, Lk 6:20) to the multitude that assembled to see and hear him. No one actually knows that actual site where Jesus Had his famous Sermon on the Mount but historians say that the location is just between Capernaum and Ginnosaur, among the hilly areas in Northern Sea of Galilee. In the 1930's with the help of the then period acoustic devices, the Roman Catholic Church Determined that the hill area with the most acoustic signal (that can send a voice in the mountains farthest) that goes down the Sea of Galilee is located just at the hilly area above the ruins of Capernaum and in the 1934, the franciscan religious order built a church on this hilly area and named in Mount of Beatitudes, and they built a monastery and a Beatiful Church which was designed by the famous Franciscan Priest and Architect, Antonio Barluzzi.

    The mountain is located above Tabgha, about 175 meters higher than the sea of Galilee, yet 35 meters under the Mediterranean sea level. It is approached by a road that climbs up from Tabgha junction, via Vered-Hagalil, towards Rosh-Pina and Upper Galilee.

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    Church of the Multiplication 3

    by machomikemd Written Sep 12, 2013
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    Part 3 of my three part tip with more pictures in and around the Church.

    Tabgha in Northern Sea of Galilee is an arabic mispronounciation of the greek heptetagon (seven springs) which are located in this locality. Tabgha is the biblical site of the Miracle of Multpilication of fish and loaves of Jesus which is located near this church and the miracle of the primacy of peter, located about 500 meters away from the multiplication church at the shores of the Sea of Galilee. This Roman Catholic Church sits atop the ruins of a Byzantine and Crusader Church and is under the custody of the Benedictine Monks.The actual name of the church is the CHURCH OF THE HEPTETAGON. inside are various mosaics depicting the miracle of the multiplications and glass panels showing the remains of the previous Byzantine and Crusader Churches and another of the Mensa Christi Stone Tables.

    The miraculous feeding of five thousand people is described in Mark 6:30-44, just before Jesus walks on water. The Gospel account of the loaves and fishes does not specify where it took place; only that it was in a "remote place" (6:32,35) on the shores of Galilee.

    According to Mark's account, Jesus and his disciples had gone out in a boat to this remote place for some peace and quiet, but the crowds ran ahead "from all the towns" and met him when he landed. By then it was dinnertime and they were not in a village where food could easily be bought, so Jesus fed them all by miraculously multiplying his disciples' five loaves and two fishes.

    the church is open:

    Mondays to Friday: 8:00 am to 4:45 pm
    Saturdays: 8:00 am to 2:45 pm
    Sundays: Closed

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    Church of the Multiplication 2

    by machomikemd Written Sep 12, 2013
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    Part 2 of my three part tip with more pictures in and around the Church.

    Tabgha in Northern Sea of Galilee is an arabic mispronounciation of the greek heptetagon (seven springs) which are located in this locality. Tabgha is the biblical site of the Miracle of Multpilication of fish and loaves of Jesus which is located near this church and the miracle of the primacy of peter, located about 500 meters away from the multiplication church at the shores of the Sea of Galilee. This Roman Catholic Church sits atop the ruins of a Byzantine and Crusader Church and is under the custody of the Benedictine Monks.The actual name of the church is the CHURCH OF THE HEPTETAGON. inside are various mosaics depicting the miracle of the multiplications and glass panels showing the remains of the previous Byzantine and Crusader Churches and another of the Mensa Christi Stone Tables.

    The miraculous feeding of five thousand people is described in Mark 6:30-44, just before Jesus walks on water. The Gospel account of the loaves and fishes does not specify where it took place; only that it was in a "remote place" (6:32,35) on the shores of Galilee.

    According to Mark's account, Jesus and his disciples had gone out in a boat to this remote place for some peace and quiet, but the crowds ran ahead "from all the towns" and met him when he landed. By then it was dinnertime and they were not in a village where food could easily be bought, so Jesus fed them all by miraculously multiplying his disciples' five loaves and two fishes.

    the church is open:

    Mondays to Friday: 8:00 am to 4:45 pm
    Saturdays: 8:00 am to 2:45 pm
    Sundays: Closed

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    Church of the Multiplication 1

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 12, 2013
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    this will be a three part tip with more pictures in and around the Church.

    Tabgha in Northern Sea of Galilee is an arabic mispronounciation of the greek heptetagon (seven springs) which are located in this locality. Tabgha is the biblical site of the Miracle of Multpilication of fish and loaves of Jesus which is located near this church and the miracle of the primacy of peter, located about 500 meters away from the multiplication church at the shores of the Sea of Galilee. This Roman Catholic Church sits atop the ruins of a Byzantine and Crusader Church and is under the custody of the Benedictine Monks.The actual name of the church is the CHURCH OF THE HEPTETAGON. inside are various mosaics depicting the miracle of the multiplications and glass panels showing the remains of the previous Byzantine and Crusader Churches and another of the Mensa Christi Stone Tables.

    The miraculous feeding of five thousand people is described in Mark 6:30-44, just before Jesus walks on water. The Gospel account of the loaves and fishes does not specify where it took place; only that it was in a "remote place" (6:32,35) on the shores of Galilee.

    According to Mark's account, Jesus and his disciples had gone out in a boat to this remote place for some peace and quiet, but the crowds ran ahead "from all the towns" and met him when he landed. By then it was dinnertime and they were not in a village where food could easily be bought, so Jesus fed them all by miraculously multiplying his disciples' five loaves and two fishes.

    the church is open:

    Mondays to Friday: 8:00 am to 4:45 pm
    Saturdays: 8:00 am to 2:45 pm
    Sundays: Closed

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    Church of the Primacy of Peter 3: along the lake

    by machomikemd Written Sep 12, 2013
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    Part 3 of my three part tip with more pictures of the stones found at the lake and the sea of galilee

    The Church was believed to be the site where the recently resurrected Jesus reinstated the Primacy of Peter to be the First among the Apostles after a fish breakfast on the shore and where the stone slab where Jesus laid that breakfast for the Apostles (called the Mensa Christi, they also have a slab at the nearby Chuch of the Multiplication at the Mensa Christi Church in Nazareth). This church was rebuilt from a previous 4rth century Byzantine Church. This church is located just 500 meters away from the Church of the Multiplication.

    The Church is under the Custody of the Franciscan Order and is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm everyday and closed on Sundays.

    according to Wikipedia:

    The modern structure was built in 1933 and incorporates parts of an earlier 4th century church. At the base of its walls, opposite the main altar, foundations of the 4th century church are visible. In the 9th century, the church was referred to as the Place of the Coals. This name refers to the incident of Jesus' preparation of meal for the apostles, building a charcoal fire on which to cook the fish. Also first mentioned in the year 808 are the "Twelve Thrones", a series of heart shaped stones, which were placed along the shore to commemorate the Twelve Apostles. The church survived longer than any other in the area, finally being destroyed in 1263.[1] The present Franciscan chapel was built on the site in 1933. This church was included in the itinerary of Pope Paul VI during his 1964 visit to Israel according to Fodors' Tour Guide for Israel.

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    Church of the Primacy of Peter 2: Mensa Christi

    by machomikemd Written Sep 12, 2013
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    Part 2 of my three part tip with more pictures in the church and the mensa christi tablet.

    The Church was believed to be the site where the recently resurrected Jesus reinstated the Primacy of Peter to be the First among the Apostles after a fish breakfast on the shore and where the stone slab where Jesus laid that breakfast for the Apostles (called the Mensa Christi, they also have a slab at the nearby Chuch of the Multiplication at the Mensa Christi Church in Nazareth). This church was rebuilt from a previous 4rth century Byzantine Church. This church is located just 500 meters away from the Church of the Multiplication.

    The Church is under the Custody of the Franciscan Order and is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm everyday and closed on Sundays.

    according to Wikipedia:

    Mensa Christi

    The church contains a projection of limestone rock in front of the present altar which is venerated as a "Mensa Christi", Latin for table of Christ. According to tradition this is the spot where Jesus is said to have laid out a breakfast of bread and fish for the Apostles, and told Peter to "Feed my sheep" after the miraculous catch, the third time he appeared to them after his resurrection. (John 21:1-24) It is disputed whether this table, or the one enshrined at the nearby Church of the Multiplication, is the one mentioned by the pilgrim Egeria in her narrative of the Holy Land circa 380. There is also another table of Christ enshrined at the Mensa Christi Church in Nazareth.

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    Church of the Primacy of Peter 1

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 12, 2013
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    this will be a three part tip with more pictures around this small church located along the shores of Northern Sea of Galilee.

    The Church was believed to be the site where the recently resurrected Jesus reinstated the Primacy of Peter to be the First among the Apostles after a fish breakfast on the shore and where the stone slab where Jesus laid that breakfast for the Apostles (called the Mensa Christi, they also have a slab at the nearby Chuch of the Multiplication at the Mensa Christi Church in Nazareth). This church was rebuilt from a previous 4rth century Byzantine Church. This church is located just 500 meters away from the Church of the Multiplication.

    The Church is under the Custody of the Franciscan Order and is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm everyday and closed on Sundays.

    according to Wikipedia:

    The modern structure was built in 1933 and incorporates parts of an earlier 4th century church. At the base of its walls, opposite the main altar, foundations of the 4th century church are visible. In the 9th century, the church was referred to as the Place of the Coals. This name refers to the incident of Jesus' preparation of meal for the apostles, building a charcoal fire on which to cook the fish. Also first mentioned in the year 808 are the "Twelve Thrones", a series of heart shaped stones, which were placed along the shore to commemorate the Twelve Apostles. The church survived longer than any other in the area, finally being destroyed in 1263.[1] The present Franciscan chapel was built on the site in 1933. This church was included in the itinerary of Pope Paul VI during his 1964 visit to Israel according to Fodors' Tour Guide for Israel.

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