Nazareth

Nazareth (Naz´uh-rith)

The city from which Jesus’s mother came (Luke 1:26) and where Jesus grew up (Matt 13:54; Luke 4:16; Luke 2:4; Luke 2:51; Matt 2:23). Nazareth was an insignificant agricultural village not far from a major trade route to Egypt, the Via Maris. It is not mentioned in the OT, Josephus, or rabbinic writings. Not surprisingly, Jesus’s Nazareth origins are held up to scorn by those skeptical of his mission (John 1:46). The village appears to have occupied about 10 acres and to have had a population of 1,600 to 2,000 persons in Jesus’s time.

Luke 1:26

The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,

Matt 13:54

The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth
54He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, “Where did ... View more

Luke 4:16

The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth
16When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He ... View more

Luke 2:4

4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of Da ... View more

Luke 2:51

51Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

Matt 2:23

23There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazorean.”

John 1:46

46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

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