Capernaum

v) "Jesus preaches in the synagogue in Capernaum" appears only in 2:1. After that, he preaches in a house (Mk 9:33). It may imply that he is rejected by the synagogue there. Though it is hard to prove this idea, because Capernaum appears only in Mark 1:21, 2:1, and 9:3. But Jesus has proclaimed woe on this city (Mt 11:23-24; Luke 10:15). It will strengthen this proposal. However, Mark and John are silent on this. Mark might have intentionally reduced this opposition in his writing. In Mark 1:21, he used "Jesus go into (katalipwn) Capernaum." In contrast to this, Matthew used "Jesus ... settled (katwkhen) in Capernaum". Luke, joined Mark's voice of tuning down the mood, by using "went down (kathlqen)." Luke has put this event after the rejection of Jesus at Nazareth (Luke 4:13-31a). Besides, Matthew, using akousas in Matthew 4:13, has made the arrest of John a reason for Jesus' departure to Capernaum. If we combine the pictures of the Synoptics, then Jesus may be forced to leave because of political risk and religious opposition in his fellow villagers in Nazareth. If it is true, why don't Jesus left Capernaum too? Does he gain a better response from the people, or has achieved a very stronger influence? Jesus' enemies have tried to kill him in the early stage of his ministry (Mark 3:6), they can't do that. Even the chief priests and the teachers of the law who want to kill, have found no way to do it. Because they fear that the people may riot during the feast (Mark 14:2). It shows that he has great influence on the people. Of course, Jerusalem crowd's protest to Archelaus in 4 B.C.E. has reminded them the possibility of riot in the Passover feast (Ant. 13:372) .