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Nazareth - Etymology, Geography and population, Current Events, Other, Religious Shrines, A Contrary View

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32°41N 35°16E, pop (2000e) 70 000. Capital town of Northern district, N Israel; above the Jezreel plain; mainly Christian population; home of Jesus for most of his life; tourism, market centre; Church of the Annunciation, Church of St Joseph.

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almost 9 years ago

A clue to Nazareth lies in its original meaning, " a shoot. it was probably so small at jesus,s time it evoked the comment by Nathaniel that " can anything good come out of Nazareth. so insignificant at the time that even Josephus didntlist it.
Just the way God plays his moves I say.
It was possibly less then a tiny huddle of dwellings then and only later did it expand. This is conjecture on my part but could explain its historical listing .