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Chorazin, Woe to You


Jesus had centered his public ministry in Capernaum. Chorazin is only 3 kilometers away from Capernaum. During his public ministry, Chorazin was about fifteen acres in size, with around 750 inhabitants. At present, the ruins of a third century synagogue and trees of thorns similar to the thorns used for mockingly crowning Jesus during his trial are present there. That Jesus preached and performed miracles at Chorazin is clear from Jesus’ own statement. The miracles mentioned in Capernaum might also include those that happened in Chorazin because of the proximity of the cities. The nearness of Capernaum, Bethsaida and Chorazin made them an “evangelical triangle” where Jesus walked and preached. So, the evangelists might have considered the three cities as one region under Capernaum, the popular city. People from Chorazin might have approached Jesus in Capernaum and other areas on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus did most of his ministry. However, this is the only mention of Chorazin in the gospels.

The city of Chorazin did not flourish in the later period, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus. An earthquake or foreign invasion might have destroyed it. What remains are the ruins of the former city that underwent excavation. However, the salvation of souls is more important than the continued prosperity of a city.


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