Jesus in the synagogue of Capernaum

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Eleventh century fresco of the Exorcism at the Synagogue in Capernaum.

In the New Testament, the pericope of Jesus in the synagogue of Capernaum marks the beginning of the last year of the three years of the public ministry of Jesus.[1]

The exorcism performed in the episode is one of the miracles of Jesus, as in Mark 1:21–28 and Luke 4:31–37.[2][3][4]

According to the Gospels,[5] on the Sabbath Jesus and his disciples went to Capernaum, and Jesus began to teach. People were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are — the Holy One of God!"

"Be quiet!" said Jesus sternly. "Come out of him!"

The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, "What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him." News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

See also


  1. ^ Jesus in the Synagogue of Capernaum: The Pericope and its Programmatic Character for the Gospel of Mark by John Chijioke Iwe 1991 ISBN 9788876528460 page 7
  2. ^ Reading Luke by Charles H. Talbert 2002 ISBN 1573123935 pages 61–62
  3. ^ Biblegateway Mark 1:21–28
  4. ^ Biblegateway 4:31–37
  5. ^ Reference Needed.
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