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New Zebedee is a Michigan city.  The population was 6,000 in the late-1940s. It is the county seat of Capernaum County. 

Residents

Notable locations

Inspiration

Many of the people and places in New Zebedee were inspired by Bellairs's hometown, the uniquely historic Marshall, Michigan.

Zebedee is a Biblical allusion, one of many religious references throughout Bellairs's work. In the Bible, Zebedee was a Hebrew fisherman and the father of James and John, two of the Apostles of Jesus in Mark 3:17[1]. His wife is said to have been Salome, one of the women who beheld His crucifixion and brought offerings to his tomb.

Reference

  1. Mark 3:17. Bible Gateway.
Lewis Barnavelt Series
Bellairs Corpus
By John Bellairs
Completed by Brad Strickland
By Brad Strickland
Series
Who's who Lewis Barnavelt | Rose Rita Pottinger | Jonathan Barnavelt | Florence Zimmermann
What's what Barnavelt House | Fountain
Where's there New Zebedee, Michigan