Capernaum Synagogue of Pre-christian Era to Be Rebuilt

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The synagogue at Capernaum (K’far Nahum in Hebrew), recorded in the New Testament as one of the first places where Jesus of Nazareth spoke to the people, will be reconstructed.

An agreement concerning the reconstruction of the synagogue was concluded here by representatives of the Franciscan Order and Herr Bauerle, a German contractor.

Capernaum is an ancient village of Galilee, the site of which scientists have not agreed upon. In this city, as recorded in the New Testament, Jesus of Nazareth preached when he began his mission. Among blocks of black basalt found near the well-known ruins of Tell Hum, near Kerazah, the remains of a marble synagogue were found. These remains are considered by Dr. Joseph Klausner to be the ruins of a later synagogue built on the site of the first Capernaum synagogue. Tell Hum is considered by many scholars to be identical with the ancient village of Capernaum.

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