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Capernaum
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Although sherds from between 3000 and 2000 bce document earlier habitation (no Iron Age remains have been found), Capernaum (Gk Καφαρναούμ/ Kapharnaoúm, Heb. כֶפַּר נַתוּם/kepar naḍûm, Arab. Telḍum) was apparently founded only in the 5th century bce; with the advantages of the long-distance route running through it and the fertility of the area, Capernaum grew steadily. Capernaum reached its floruit in the Byzantine period, when it had approx. 1500 inhabitants; from the 9th century the settlement receded, ending com…

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Zangenberg, Jürgen, “Capernaum”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_11278>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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