Jesus Was Never From Nazareth

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Jesus Was Never From Nazareth

Postby searchengineguy » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:13 pm

Many people (including myself) believed that Jesus was a real person, coming from the historic place of Nazareth, which indeed is a city today, bustling with pilgrims from around the world. But with a little digging (pun intended) you will quickly find that there are many reasons to think that the whole concept was made up from mistranslations and downright deceit.

Taken from "Bart Ehrman and the Quest of the Historical Jesus of Nazareth"

In the New Testament, Jesus Christ is depicted as having been brought up in a city called “Nazareth,” a purported biographical detail upon which much speculation has been hung over the centuries as to a “historical” Jewish messiah figure in the gospel story, buried somewhere underneath layers of pious elaboration. In this regard, countless Jesus biographies have been constructed significantly around this purported place of origin that would indicate a historical personage. Indeed, whenever scholars wish to distinguish between the “historical Jesus” and the “Christ of faith,” they use this designation “Jesus of Nazareth” to depict the former.

Despite all of this speculation, there exists no hard scientific evidence that the polis or “city” of Nazareth as depicted in the New Testament even existed at the time when Christ was supposedly being raised there. Although there exists a centuries-later “historic Nazareth” in Israel, archaeological explorations during the past century have failed to demonstrate any such city of the time in the general vicinity. In reality, it appears that Jesus was made to be “of Nazareth” so that he could be called a “Nazarene” or “Nazoraean/Nazorean,” a member of an ancient pre-Christian sect, of which the Old Testament hero Samson was said to have been an adherent as well.

The 'City' of Nazareth
The apparent fact that Nazareth was not a bustling 'city' at the time of Christ's existence has been demonstrated through hstorical records and archaeological evidence. As independent scholars Frank Zindler, Rene Salm, and others have shown via thorogh analysis, there is no mention of a 'Nazareth' or 'Nazara' in the Old Testament or even in Josephus centuries later. The first reference in Jewish literature does not occur until the ninth century AD?CE, "only in two songs of the seat of a priestly division... It seems that , after the 'city' became the subject of interest because of the gospels, only then do we find the area inhabited to any significant degree, evidently beginning no earlier than the fourth century CE.

Epiphanius of Salamis was a bishop, a saint and a Church Father. He wrote in the 4th century that Count Joseph asked the emperor of the time Constantine the Great, (also known in the Orthodox Church as Saint Constantine the Great, Equal-to-the-Apostles) for permission to build a few churches in Galilee and even in Nazareth itself. Constantine’s mother, later St Helena, officially traveled and personally searched in the area known as ancient Nazareth for signs of Jesus's supposed hometown. This is what she found:

She found nothing but an old well after doubtlessly being dumbfounded by finding nothing else in this barren area. Not to be perturbed, this righteous and pious woman planted a flag there and declared it, 'Mary's Well' of course. A church of the Annunciation later built on the area where no doubt Jesus sat telling his parables. To make the story complete, straight after Rene Salm wrote his book "The Myth of Nazareth", an entire house was found in 2009 - where Jesus, all of his four brothers, innumerable unnamed sisters and family lived for many years in bliss. This is of course a fantastic money spinner for the Jerusalem area that millions of gullible Christians flock to each year to the joy of the tourist industry. It's a great pity indeed that there are no verifiable artifacts found of habitation in Nazareth in the first century. Which means that Jesus was never From Nazareth. So where did it all start? Why call him 'Jesus of Nazareth' if it didn't exist? Stay tuned.

See a blogger's comment below, which made a lot of sense to me about this ... -nazareth/
Bernhard Schornak says:
March 6, 2017 at 4:49 pm
I ask myself why all people ignore the existence of the *real* town of Yafia about 500 meters West of Nazareth and about 300 meters South-West of the so called “Nazareth Village Farm”. This town exists at least since 1500 BCE – it already is mentioned in Amarna letter EA#248a with its Egyptian name Iapu. It also is mentioned in Josephus’ “Jewish War”, where Josephus states that he ordered to build a second town wall to delay the Roman attempt to put down the Jewish revolt. Hence, the second town wall now ended mere 450 meters West of today’s Nazareth. Not to forget: Yafia (with about 12,000 residents) was the second largest town in Galilee, so there was no reason to build a tiny three-houses-hamlet a Sabbath-walk East of its town wall.

As Josephus tells us, the 10th Legion marched to Yafia via Sepphoris, so there was no other way than to march over the hill where we will find the town of Nazareth today. Today’s “Mary’s Well” was the only water supply for the Roman soldiers and baggage, but Josephus did not mention that the Romans nuked any houses to make room for thousands of people who needed fresh water and to clear the way (and sight!) to the coming battle field.

Applying some reason might help to distinguish between fairytales and archaeologically attestable facts. We surely cannot know with 100 percent certainty that a historical Jesus existed or not, but it is very unlikely that he came from a town that definitely was founded after the Jewish War if he really existed. The oldest excavated building in Nazareth town was dated “Early Roman”, which spans the time between 6 and 135 AD – no way anyone was born here when Herod the Great still was alive. Same applies to Bethlehem, where the water reservoir for Herodes’ aqueduct to the Herodium is completely missing. There’s evidence for a settlement until the Assyrian occupation and after Constantine (Helena built a lot of stuff mentioned in the Bible which wasn’t there until she created it), but not between both periods.

Well, that’s what we *know* about both places. Maybe our beliefs are strong enough to believe in the “alternative facts” invented by some clever business men about 1900 years ago?
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