Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Where's the Love for Capernaum?

Everyone knows that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth and that Jerusalem was the site of his death and resurrection. But according to Matthew none of these cities served as the headquarters of Jesus' earthly ministry. This distinction instead belonged to the city of Capernaum, located on the Sea of Galilee. Luke also records significant events in Jesus' life that took place in Capernaum and names the city as the home of some of Jesus' most prominent disciples.

Yet there is no Capernaum Baptist Church nor a Capernaum, Pennsylvania. Google "Bethlehem," "Nazareth," "Zion" (another name for Jerusalem), or even "Bethany" (the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus that Jesus sometimes visited) and you'll find all sorts of cities, churches, and towns named in honor of these cities. But a search of "Capernaum" turns up very little that isn't directly related to the ancient city. Why no Capernaum Lutheran Church, no Capernaum Outreach Ministries, and no Capernaum, Missouri? What's the deal?

2 Comments:

Blogger Elizabeth said...

One of the buildings at one of our two UMC camps in my conference is named Capernaum ;) There's also Mt. Tabor, Bethany, Galilee, Wesley, and Emmaus...

10:56 PM  
Blogger elvisfreakshow said...

Like Jesus said, a hometown is without honor except if there's profit.

5:46 PM  

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