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The City of Nazareth 7 images

The City of Nazareth 7 images

In Jesus’ day, Nazareth was a small insignificant town (John 1:46).  Gabriel appeared to Mary there, and later, Mary and Joseph returned there to live (Matt 2:23; Luke 2:4, 39, 51).   The village is mentioned 17 times in the New Testament.  Jesus eventually left the village for a wider ministry although he was known to some as a “prophet from Nazareth in Galilee” (Matt 21:11).

Nazareth is located in the very southern portion of lower Galilee, about 16 mi. [25 km.] west of the southern tip of the Sea of Galilee.  Sepphoris, the capital of Galilee during Jesus’ youth was located only 4 mi. [6.4 km.] to the northwest of Nazareth.

In Nazareth there are numerous Christian sites the commemorate events associated with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus.  Especially prominent is the Basilica of the Annunciation.