Monday, August 31, 2009

Our visit to Nazareth ... “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Well, … yes.

Today was a good day, a long day, but a good day. We are tired and will be giving into sleep soon to prepare to set sail tomorrow on the Sea of Galilee in a traditional first century fishing boat.

Today we visited what tradition believes was the childhood home of Jesus. We also visited Sepphoris, an ancient Roman city, possibly the second largest city in the Israel of Jesus day, and yet never mentioned in our scriptures. It is located within an hour's walk of Nazareth, and is quite likely a place where Joseph and his son Jesus worked as day laborers.

The truth be known, in the village of Nazareth with a population of only 300 to 400 in the first century, work would have been scarce. Today the city is home to nearly 75,000, a large percentage, possibly as high as 47%, who are Christian.

Our pictures here include our visit to “Nazareth Village” a recreation of first century Nazareth. Shalom!

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