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Historical Jesus scholars are almost unanimous that the historical Jesus' "hub" was in the village of Capernaum, no matter their view of the New Testament's historical reliability. This article contends otherwise, observing that the positive view of Capernaum is found almost exclusively in Mark and - drawing upon the insights of experts who have argued Mark was written in Galilee - that Capernaum was the village where the oldest surviving Gospel was composed.

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If Capernaum is a distinctively "Markan" feature, then this calls into question the extent to which the village was central for the historical Jesus.

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This page is a summary of: Capernaum: A ‘Hub’ for the Historical Jesus or the Markan Evangelist?, Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, August 2017, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/17455197-01501003.
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