Capharnaum County is a county located in the southwest-central part of Michigan.  The county seat is New Zebedee.


Bellairs's fictional county is another Biblical influence. Capernaum was a fishing village located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee[1].  Its name means "Nahum's village" and had a population of about 1,500.  The town is cited in all four gospels where it was reported to have been near the hometown of the apostles Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John, as well as the tax collector Matthew. Jesus taught in the synagogue in Capernaum and healed a man who was possessed by an unclean spirit[2].

"And leaving the city Nazareth, Jesus came and dwelt in Capharnaum on the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and of Nephthalim.[3]"


  1. Wikipedia: Capernaum
  2. Bible Gateway: Luke 4:31
  3. Bible Gateway: Matthew 4:13