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by Sean McDowell
A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit Israel. It was truly life changing to ride a boat on the Sea of Galilee, walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, hike up Masada, and float in the Dead Sea.
One of my favorite sites, however, was the potential home of Andrew and Peter in Capernaum, an ancient city on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. This site has special interest for me because I have been studying the lives and deaths of the apostles for the past few years, and have chronicled the evidence for their martyrdoms in my recent book The Fate of the Apostles.
What's So Special About Capernaum?
Jesus considered Capernaum his base of operations as he began his ministry (Mark 1:21), and the Gospel of Mark refers to it as his home (Mark 2:1). He performed many miracles in Capernaum, such as healing the paralytic (Mark 2:1-10) and casting the demon out of the man in the synagogue (Mark 1:23-28).
While the family of Peter and Andrew were from Bethsaida (John 1:44), they had a fishing business in Capernaum when Jesus called them to be his disciples (Luke 5:1-11). The Gospel of Matthew reports that Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law at Peter’s home in Capernaum (Mathew 8:14-16). While there is no doubt about the location of Capernaum, there is some debate about the identity of Peter and Andrew's home…
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