Mark 1:23-24 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, saying "Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee, who thou art, the Holy One of God."


 Luke 7:1-5 Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum and a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching Him that He would come and heal his servant. And when the came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, that he was worthy for whom he should do this: for he loveth out nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.


The synagogue at Capernaum was excavated in 1905 by the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft by Heinrich Kohl and Carl Watzinger and continued to 1921 by the Franciscans. The present ruins are of a synague built on the site of the one Jesus knew in the late 2nd or early 3rd centuries. Continuing excavations by Vergilio Corbo has unearthed the underlying stratum and walls of the synagogue built by the centurion in Jesus' time. (Photo. Jack Kilmon)