Capernaum (meaning, “house of Nahum”) was a fishing town, the nearest city to the Jordan River, located on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The layout of the town consisted of a large north-south main street with small districts bordered by small cross-sectional streets and no-exit side-streets. Situated on the “highway” connecting the region to Damascus, it was a major trade and economic center in northern Galilee.