See also:town in Galilee, in a hollow of the hills on the
See also:southern border of the plain of Esdraelon . It first appears as a
See also:village (
See also:John i . 46) in which
See also:Joseph and Mary lived (Luke i . 26) and to which they returned from
See also:Egypt (Matt. ii . 23) . , Here the unrecorded years of Christ's boyhood were spent . From the name of the town comes nasara (i.e . "
See also:Nazarenes "), the ordinary
See also:oriental word for " Christians." There was here a synagogue (Matt. xiii . 54) in which Christ preached the
See also:sermon that led to his rejection by his
See also:fellow towns-men . The growth of legends and traditional identifications can be traced in the writings of the pilgrims who have visited the town from
See also:time till our own . For none of these can anything be said, save that it is possible that the village
See also:spring (called " St Mary's Well ") is the same as that used in the time of Christ . A large
See also:basilica stood here about A.D .
600: the crusaders transferred here the bishopric of Scythopolis . It was taken bySaladin in 1187 . In 1517 it was captured by the
See also:Turks . The population is now estimated at about 3500 Moslems and 65oo Christians; there are numerous
See also:schools, hospitals, &c., conducted by Greeks, Latins and Protestants . Visitors are shown the "
See also:Church of the
See also:Annunciation " with caves (including a fragment of a pillar
See also:hanging from the
See also:ceiling, and said to be miraculously supported) which are described as the scene of the annunciation, the " workshop of Joseph," the " synagogue," and a
See also:stone table, said to have been used by Christ .
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