Capernaum is possibly the most popular tourist destination in Galilee. This famous city, of course, is where Jesus set up his ministry headquarters after leaving Nazareth. Though he was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth, Jesus made Capernaum his home.
Peter’s mother-in-law lived in Capernaum. Jesus healed her there. It is believed that the home of Peter’s mother-in-law became a first century underground house church. When the archeologists uncovered ancient Capernaum, they found a room with peculiar plaster on the wall. After analyzing the plaster and using an x-ray to see what had been inscribed on it, they found the names of Jesus and Peter. This was likely a first century church that the first century believers built on the location of where everyone remembered the miracle happening.
Capernaum was another Jewish city that was ruled in the first century by Herod Antipas. One of the great exports from Capernaum was the delicious and plentiful fish that came to later be known as St. Peter’s Fish. It was only right for us to stop at a local restaurant and try some of this fish for ourselves.