Holy Land 2001 Nazareth Photos

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Biblical References: The town where Gabriel announced to Mary that she, a virgin, would bear a son, Jesus, the Son of the Most High (Luke 1.26ff). The town from which Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem for the census (2.4), and to which they returned after their two-year stay in Egypt (Matthew 2.19-23). It was the town where Jesus grew up and worked until his ministry began - and where the people rejected him (Luke 4.14ff). Nazareth had no particular claim to fame - Nathanael doubted whether someone from Nazareth could, in fact, be the promised Messiah (John 1.46)
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The Church of the Annunciation, held to stand on the site where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary.

Grotto of the Annunciation, Nazareth, the traditional site of Mary's house.
Synagogue church, Nazareth, possibly first century, maintained by Melchite priests.

Photographs © Peter J Blackburn, 2001