ISRAEL PHOTOS III  -- A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS FROM ISRAEL 

WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SCENES AND SITES PERTINENT TO THE STUDY OF CHRISTIANITY


CHORAZIN

In the early fourth century Eusebius published his Onomasticon - an atlas of Biblical locations in Israel. In this book he described Chorazein as two mile posts from Capernaum. In his time it was deserted. A Roman mile is about 5241.47 feet.

Korazim Park is about 4 kilometers from Capernaum (according to map). There was a sign at the Korazim National Park "...site was probably settled during the 1st century CE." At Korazim/Chorazin I met a local couple picking up pieces of red clay pottery after a rain storm who told me the town could be dated to early Roman times. I told them there appeared to be some old foundations in the pasture below the park. He told me there are more ruins further up the hill behind park.


Lake view from west end of Chorazin, January 2006

Matthew 11:20-24 World English Bible 20 Then he began to denounce the cities in which most of his mighty works had been done, because they didn’t repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 You, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, you will go down to Hades. For if the mighty works had been done in Sodom which were done in you, it would have remained until today. 24 But I tell you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom, on the day of judgment, than for you.”

Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum were but piles of buildings stones when 19th century travelers reached these sites. One traveler remarked that Capernaum had been cast down just as Jesus predicted as he looked at the piles of stones in front of him at Tel Hum (Capernaum). There were numerous wars and devastating earthquakes in the area. Tiberias and Safed have been rebuilt after the earthquake of 1837 caused buildings to collapse on top of those dwelling within.


Chorazin Synagogue January 2006

According to park authorities this synagogue was built in the third or fourth century. Jesus did not indicate there was a synagogue at first century Chorazin. This location was referred to as Choriza by Arabs before Israeli statehood in 1948.

Aerial View From A Nearby Hilltop


Chorazin Ruins c. 1937 -- Library of Congress Collection

The ruler of the synagogue may have sat in this seat, referred to as the seat of Moses. The seat found at Chorizin is in the Israel Museum and a replica was placed at the Korazim National Park. A similar stone seat of Moses was found in an early synagogue on the island of Delos in Greece. There was also a Moses seat found at Hammath Tiberias near Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. (Ancient Synagogues in Palestine and Greece, E.L. Sukenik, 1934).

Matthew 23:1-14 (WEB) 1 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples, 2 saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees sat on Moses’ seat. 3 All things therefore whatever they tell you to observe, observe and do, but don’t do their works; for they say, and don’t do. 4 For they bind heavy burdens that are grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not lift a finger to help them. 5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries[a] broad, enlarge the fringes[b] of their garments, 6 and love the place of honor at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7 the salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi, Rabbi’ by men. 8 But don’t you be called ‘Rabbi,’ for one is your teacher, the Christ, and all of you are brothers. 9 Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your Father, he who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called masters, for one is your master, the Christ. 11 But he who is greatest among you will be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. 13 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and as a pretense you make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. 14 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men; for you don’t enter in yourselves, neither do you allow those who are entering in to enter.

Israel Antiquities Authority web-page about Chorazin: http://www.antiquities.org.il/site_Item_eng.asp?id=132

Second Aerial View of Chorazin from Hilltop -- 2006

Parable of the Mustard Seed
     A Mustard Field Along Highway 87-North Shore of Galilee
     Mustard Seeds in the Palm of a Hand
     Mustard Flowers
     Giant Mustard
     Upper Most Seats of the Synagogue
The Fig Tree
     Mt of Olives Fig Tree, April 12-13, 2005
     Fig and Pomegranite Trees Below Siloam in Jerusalem
     Sycomore Fig Tree
The Good Shepherd
The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats
     Goat Herder
Camels
Ritual Cleansing
Shechem
     The Olive Harvest of Samaria
     Mt. Ebal
     Olive Tree
Pearl of Great Price
A First Century Synagogue at Gamala
     Overview of Gamala
Modern Galilee Fishing Boats
Kursi
     Caves and/or Tombs
     Steep Slope Near Kursi
Hippos
Feeding the 5,000
     On the Mountain
     Walking on Water
     Ramot-Tzelon area
Mt. Hermon
The Pools of Bethesda in Jerusalem
     Healing Pools
     Crusader Chapel and St. Ann Church
Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem
     Hezekiah's Tunnel
     Overlook to Siloam
Tower of Siloam
A Watch Tower in a Vineyard/Olive Grove
     Grape Vines at Beth Horan
     Towers
Mt. Precipice
     South Face
     Summit
     Over the edge
     Measuring Line
     View of Nazareth from near Megiddo
Nazareth
     The Basilica of the Annunciation
Capernaum

Healing a Paralytic in Capernaum
Bethsaida
Waterskins and Wineskins
The Fish and the Coin
     Barbel
A Denarius
Casting Out a Demon
The Road to Jericho
     Old Roman Road
     Wilderness Above Jericho
     Old Jericho
Western Wall
Gethsemane and the Cave of Gethsemane
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Rolling Stone Tombs - Jerusalem
    Other Rolling Stone Tombs
Tiberias
Solar Power in Israel
Salt of the earth
Chorazin

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