Nazareth

Nazareth is located in northern Israel. Biblically, it was the birthplace of Jesus. However, in modern times the population is predominantly Muslim (around 70%).

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How far was it from Nazareth to Egypt and how long did Mary and Joseph stay there?

I was born yesterday

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Who is Miriam of Nazareth and what did she do?

She was the one and only woman on earth chosen by God to be the vessel pure enough and obedient enough to bare and nurture the person of God manifest...the mother of the person who was God Himself and Messiah

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How was Nazareth built?

There does appear to have been a small town at Nazareth during the latter part of the first century CE. What is still uncertain is whether this town was established after the destruction of Jerusalem in the year 70, or whether it existed much earlier. Because of the gospels, scholars take the view that there must have been a small village there at the beginning of the century, but that it must have been no more than a rural hamlet of just a few houses.

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When did the Virgin Mother Mary live in Nazareth?

Matthew's Gospel Bethlehem was the home town of Joseph and Mary. After the birth of Jesus they fled to Egypt, for fear of King Herod. They returned after some years, following the death of Herod, but being warned in a dream, turned aside and went to Nazareth in Galilee. This journey would have taken place some time after 4 BCE and before Archelaus was deposed in 6 CE.


Luke's Gospel

Nazareth was the home town of Joseph and Mary. Shortly after the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, they went to Jerusalem to present Jesus in the Temple, then returned home immediately to Nazareth. According to this gospel, Mary probably always lived in Nazareth, apart from the family's short absence in Bethlehem.

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Is Nazareth in Palestine?

Nazareth is a majority-Palestinian city, but it is currently within the 1949 borders of the State of Israel.

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If the distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem is 80 miles how long would it have taken Mary and Joseph to walk the distance?

Though it would normally take about 4 days to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem, because Mary was nearing her pregnancy term and riding a donkey, it would require more than 4 days for fear of miscarriage. So perhaps a week (or more) would have been needed.

Various responses from our users:

  • The common form of travel in those days was by caravan, especially with long trips. Such a mode was far safer in case of accident or injury or possible attack by bandits, as well as being more enjoyable. With a census like this involving as many people as it did, a caravan going to Bethlehem would not be hard to find or join. Caravans would travel about 20 miles in a day, and the distance between Nazareth and Bethlehem (80 miles) would translate into a 4-day journey.
  • It's worth noting, though, that the Bible never mentions a donkey - that's a later tradition.
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What accommodation was there for Mary and Joseph between Nazareth and Bethlehem?

A:Uta Ranke-Heinemann (Putting Away Childish Things) says that if the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem really took place as described in Luke's Gospel, Mary and Joseph would have travelled down through the Decapolis on the eastern side of the River Jordan, as this was easier and somewhat less dangerous for a Jew than attempting the mountainous journey through Samaria. The Romans would never have called a census during a major religious festival, when large numbers of Jews travelled from Galilee to Jerusalem, so most stopovers would have been empty at the time, with plenty of accommodation.

According to Luke, Elisabeth's husband, Zechariah's occupation was as a priest, which meant that he lived in Jerusalem, but even if not (Luke 1:23 can be read with that meaning), he would have lived not far from Jerusalem. Passing through Jerusalem, Mary and Joseph would have stayed at the home of Elisabeth, just a few hours walk from Bethlehem. In fact, Ranke-Heinemann wonders why Joseph took his wife at such a late stage of pregnancy to Bethlehem, where they knew no one and could not even find accommodation.

Another Answer:

There is no Scriptural description of travelling accomodations mentioned. People in those days did not have hotel/motel bookings, food stops, etc. They travelled with all their needs with them. All that is said is that at the end of their trip, there was no room anywhere usually considered rentable space for them to rest/sleep. So they stayed in the enclosed area adjoined to living quarters, where livestock usually bedded down for the night. Recent archaeology has proven this type of housing.

Concerning the time the Romans would have called an Empire-wide Census, they would not have been concerned with the local people's religious events - as there were many diverse beliefs throughout the Empire. Their only concern would have been the weather and they would not conduct a Census in the Winter seasons.

Two good historical sources for this event are from the 'Chronicles of John Malalas, translated by Matthew Spinka (University of Chicago Press, 1940). Malalas was a historian from Antioch, Syria circa 491-578 A.D.. Also, Suidas, another reliable author, etal, have added information about Augustus' decree proving the Census was conducted in Palestine in 4 B.C.. Also, a great article is in Unger's Bible Dictionary under "Chronology").

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Does the Bible actually mention Mary riding a donkey from Nazareth to Bethlehem?

No, the Bible does not say this. However, as early as the second century, the Infancy Gospel of James, soon dismissed by the Church as unhistorical, speculated that the young couple did have a donkey.

Based on exegesis of Luke's Gospel, we can arrive at an informed view that they could not have had a donkey, in spite of Mary's pregnancy. Luke 2:24 says that they offered two doves as a sacrifice at the Jerusalem temple, instead of the usual sheep. This was a concession available to the very poorest in society, evidence that Joseph could not afford to own or hire a donkey and in keeping with his status as a village carpenter. Apart from this, anyone willing to lend a donkey would have risked the loss of a valuable asset if the young family were waylaid on this long and hazardous journey or if Joseph simply failed to return.


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What is the distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem?

About 140 km by road
it is basiclly 65 miles if you go straight..
about 70 miles depending on the size and shape of the particular crow!

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Does Nazareth sing black Betty?

Yes.

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Did Mary ride a donkey from Nazareth to Bethlehem?

Other answers from our contributors:

  • it never happened
  • The Bible doesn't tell us whether or not Mary rode on a donkey.
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What province was nazareth?

Galilee!

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How do you spell nazareth in polish?

Nazaret

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How do you spell nazareth in Hebrew?

nah-TSEH-ret = נצרת

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How many miles did Joseph and Mary travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem?

Mary and Joseph walked 120 miles

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Did Nazareth record fooled around and fell in love?

yes he had

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Did Nazareth exist at the time of Jesus?

Not a great deal is known about Nazareth in the time of Jesus and it is continues to be debated whether a town even existed until long after his childhood. The town certainly existed by around 80 CE, since it is mentioned several times in Matthew's Gospel, which most New Testament scholars now date to the 80s of the first century.

Whether Nazareth existed before 70 CE, when Mark's Gospel was written, is less certain. In the original Greek language, this Gospel contains only one reference to Nazareth, which some scholars consider to have been interpolated much later. In some English translations, Mark refers to Jesus of (or from) Nazareth five times (Mark 1:9,24; 10:47; 14:67; 16:6). However, in the original Greek, four of these references actually refer to Jesus the Nazarene (Ναζαρηνοῦ). Now, calling someone a Nazarene could arguably mean that he is from the town of Nazareth, but also there was a sect known as the Nazarenes and this could also have meant that Jesus was a leader of the Nazarene sect.


Wikipedia describes the state of archaeology in Nazareth, indicating that no worthwhile evidence of a settlement has yet been found from the time of Herod or the start of the first century CE. We must wait for further evidence.

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When did nazareth perform black betty?

From Manny Charlton's website (a founding member of Nazareth) he claims that they never recorded Black Betty.

"Q - I found a song on the net today called "Black Betty" .Did you ever do that song?

A - Lets put this one to rest for good Nazareth never ever did this song.

It was written and performed by the band Ram Jam."

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What was the province of Nazareth?

the province of Nazareth was Galilee.

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How far from Nazareth is Bethlehem?

about 100 miles

About 113 kilometers - or about 70-80 miles.


It is 80 miles from Bethleham to Nazareth.
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What is the name of the country song in the Cingular commercial with the lyrics 'pulled into Nazareth got a feeling it was half pass 10 just found a place where you could lay your head'?

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That most certainly isn't a country song. The song is "The Weight" by the Canadian folk rock band The Band. How about you learn the differences in genres?

AnswerThe name of the song is The Weight performed by The Band. AnswerThe beginning lyrics are:

"I pulled into Nazareth, I was feeling about half past dead, I just need some place, where I can lay my head"

It's not really country, but the song is called "The Weight" by The Band.

AnswerThe song is a classic rock song from that late 60's early 70's folk rock era. Today it would be classified as a country song...but then again so would Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Staple singers have also done a R&B version and Canadian country artist Aaron Prichett has just redone a version of the Weight.
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Is Nazareth a town?

Yes, Nazareth is a town. However, not a great deal is known about Nazareth in the time of Jesus and it is continues to be debated whether a town even existed until long after his childhood. The town certainly existed by around 80 CE, since it is mentioned several times in Matthew's Gospel, which most New Testament scholars now date to the 80s of the first century.

Whether Nazareth existed before 70 CE, when Mark's Gospel was written, is less certain. In the original Greek language, this Gospel contains only one reference to Nazareth, which some scholars consider to have been interpolated much later. In some English translations, Mark refers to Jesus of (or from) Nazareth five times (Mark 1:9,24; 10:47; 14:67; 16:6). However, in the original Greek, four of these references actually refer to Jesus the Nazarene (Ναζαρηνοῦ). Now, calling someone a Nazarene could arguably mean that he is from the town of Nazareth, but also there was a sect known as the Nazarenes and this could also have meant that Jesus was a leader of the Nazarene sect.

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Why is Nazareth called flower of Galilee?

nothing definite but it could have been because Galilee was a most pictursque place with several well appointed cities but most likely is was the home of the Rose of Sharon(mt. 3:13)

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How far is Jerusalem from Nazareth?

Jerusalem is around 65 miles (105km) from Nazareth.

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How far did Mary travel to get from Nazareth to Bethlehem?

80 miles

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