Capernaum, Galilee

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John 2:8-11 Master of the Feast

John 2:12 Capernaum

John 2:13 Passover
John 2:14-25 Jesus Cleanses the Temple
JOHN 2:12  12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.

Where is Capernaum?
Capernaum is a town located about 20 miles northeast of Cana, on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Then why does the verse say Jesus went "down" to Capernaum when it lies north of Cana?
Cana is located at a higher elevation.

Who went with Jesus, His disciples and Mary?
Jesus' "brothers." (John 2:12)

Jesus had brothers?
Yes, and sisters too.

How do we know that?
Matthew 13:55-56 states, ..."Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us?"... So according to the Bible, Mary had given birth to at least five sons and two daughters.

What does that mean about Mary’s alleged virginity throughout her life?
It is a myth, and those who wish to propagate this myth try to twist the above passage in Matthew, claiming that those brothers and sister must have been from Joseph's previous marriage. But there is not a shred of evidence to suggest that Joseph had been married before he married Mary. Or they speculate that Jesus' "brothers... and His sisters" must have been either biological cousins or 'spiritual' brothers and sisters, again without any evidence. But there is another passage in Matthew that they cannot get around: "Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus." (Matthew 1:24-25) The expression, to "know" is consistently used in the Bible to indicate sexual intercourse, and the context of the passage above makes this evident. Saying that Joseph did not have sex with her "until" she had brought forth her firstborn son means that he did have sex with her thereafter. And "firstborn" son implies that she had other sons.

Who among Jesus' family members is not mentioned?
Joseph, who probably has already died since there is no mention of him after Jesus began His ministry.

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