Nazareth is mentioned twenty-seven times in the New Testament. In seventeen of these instances, the town is connected to Jesus as his hometown (’Jesus of Nazareth). The word ’Nazareth’ may come from the Hebrew word ’netser,’ which means ’branch or new shoot.’ This same word is used for example in Isaiah 11:1 when it prophetically says: ’A shoot will come from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a branch (netser) will bear fruit...’ (???????? ?????? ????????? ??????? ???????? ?????????????? ?????????) Another plausible alternative for the origin of the word Nazareth may come from the Hebrew word ’natsar,’ which means watchtower. Indeed, in the Nazareth Village excavations a watchtower was excavated, but more likely this is a figurative reference to Nazareth’s perching hilltop from which one can view as far as Mt. Gilboa to the south-east, Mt. Carmel to the West and the hills of Lebanon to the north.


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The Church of Saint Gabriel in Nazareth (2 images)

The Church of St. Gabriel or the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation is located on the northern end of ancient Nazareth, approximately 150 meters from Mary’s Well. This is the place where it is believed the ancient Gabriel appeared to Mary and as purported in the early Christian text: the…



The Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth

The Basilica of the Annunciation or Latin Orthodox Church of the Nazareth is built around the place where Gabriel announced to Mary the birth of a…



The Church of St. Joseph in Nazareth

The Church of St. Joseph Basilica (also known as: the Church of the Holy Family or Joseph’s Workshop) is located in the southern courtyard of the Latin Church of the Annunciation. The church protects an early mikveh, cistern and other installations that are believed to be the private home or…



Mount Precipice

Mount Precipice (also known as the Mount of Leaping of the Lord or Mount Kedumim) is located on the southern end of Nazareth and is believed to be the place where Jesus was driven by the crowds to be pushed off the mountain in Luke…