[XTalk] Re: Nazareth Again?
- Thank you most kindly, Mahlon. I had a feeling that there wasn't something
quite right about the inscription as that would pretty much close the case
on the No-Nazareth issue. Thanks for setting me straight.
Now... to go about opening those archives...
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From: Mahlon H. Smith [mailto:mahlonh.smith@...]
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 1999 11:58 PM
Subject: [XTalk] Re: Nazareth Again?
Sam Gibson wrote:
> I have heard that a list was found at Caesarea in the 1960s that showedthe
> where all of the Pharisees went after the fall of Jerusalem. Apparently
> list dated from around the time of the fall and Nazareth is on this list.obtain
> This would at least put Nazareth on the map in the middle of the first
> century. Has anyone heard of this and does anyone know where I could
> more information on it?couldn't
> Also, I searched the e-groups archive for info on this subject but
> even remember when the last time this subject came up, let alone the titleStephen Goranson is the one who should really answer questions about
> of the thread. Does anyone remember?
Nazareth. But if you go the old Crosstalk archive & enter his last name
in the search engine you will get 77 posts most of which have something
to do with Nazareth. His responses to Ian Hutchinson should give you
good ammo for replying to those who insist Nazareth was a literary
As for the Caesarea list. An inscription was unearthed by M. Avi-Yonah &
A. Negev in the synagogue at Caesarea Maritima that names Nazareth as
one of the sites of the migration of *priestly* (not Pharisaic) families
from Judea after Hadrian's destruction of Jerusalem in 135 (not 70) CE.
Obviously a settlement at Nazareth existed prior to this. My old JS
colleague John Rousseau [in Rousseau/Arav, *Jesus & His World* p. 214]
-- who like Jim Strange did not have a formal degree in archaeology but
was deemed scientifically competent enough, with 2 degrees from the
Sorbonne, to co-lead the excavations at Bethsaida -- cites Whitcomb,
*The Illustrated Bible Dictionary*, p. 1060 as his source. I haven't
personally checked Whitcomb, but given his title there may be a picture
of the inscription.
Rousseau also claims that several Jewish families moved to Nazareth in
70 CE including the priestly family of Pises. But he gives no source for
Mahlon H. Smith, http://religion.rutgers.edu/mhsmith.html
Department of Religion
New Brunswick NJ
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