The Gospel of Matthew Series | Matthew 4: 13-16 "Jesus in Capernaum"
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MATTHEW 4:13-16 | Jesus in Capernaum
13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—
14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
Even though Jesus was originally from the town of Nazareth, the gospel of Luke informs us that Jesus and his message were rejected by the town after he preached in the synagogue. He decides to relocate to the fishing village of Capernaum, located on the western shores of the Lake of the Galilee. Matthew identifies this body of water as a sea (although it is only 13 miles long and 8 miles wide at most) in order to draw a thematic illusion written in Isaiah 9:1-2. It is here on the northern shores of the Lake of Galilee where the large majority of Jesus’ ministry took place - an area between the cities of Bethsaida, Chorazin and Capernaum, known today as the Evangelical Triangle.
Written by Jeremy Stein, Content Development Coordinator for the Center for Holy Lands Studies.
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