Jesus cursed the towns of Chorazim, Bethsaida and Capernaum for their disbelief and by the 4th century Chorazim was in ruins. Among the remains of its ancient synagogue archaeologists found an armed seat carved out of a single basalt rock. This is thought by many to be an example of “the seat of Moses”, the inscribed bench of a local teacher, referred to in Matthew 23:2.
On the Lake’s eastern shore, Gamala was a Zealot city. Ultra-nationalists with fervent Messianic beliefs, the Zealots led the ill-fated revolt against Rome in 67 AD. At Gamala they mounted the last Galilean stand against Vespasian’s army. For days they beat back waves of attacks. Then the Romans breached the walls and began a systematic slaughter of men, women and children. The last defenders threw themselves to their deaths rather than fall into Roman hands. Thousands died. Only two women survived.
*Then he began to upbraid the cites wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazim! Woe unto thee, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. Matthew 11:20-21
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