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Re: Nazareth Tombs

Ian Hutchesson wrote:
> >>
> >>      There have been about two dozen tombs found anywhere from 60 yards to
> >>750 yards to the north, west and south of the Church of the Annunciation.  The
> >>placement of the tombs give an idea of the limits of the village.
> >>      EAEHL III, pp 911-922
> >>      Bagatti, B. in Dictionnaire de la Bible, Supplement vi, col. 318-321.
> >>      Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly, 1923, p. 90
> >>      Quarterly of the Depat. of Antiquities in Palestine 1, 1931, pp 53-55.
> >>

> >   Thank you.  This is simple, plain information that disproves my thesis
> >   that Nazareth came late.  It doesn't kill the Nazarean argument but
> >   it does strengthen it either.  That information has been around longer than
> >   I have in some instances, just...
> >
> >   Curious it was not better known.  Even Schonfield missed it by my reading
> >   of him.  Anyone reading contra let me know.
> >

> Actually, no it doesn't, Tom. There is good evidence for a town there, but
> what was it called? (When did the city known as New York get its name in
> relation to the foundation of the place?)

	What difference does it made what the name of the town was in the 1st
century, although I think it WAS Nazareth.  Abraham certainly didn't come
from "Ur of the Chaldees" but that doesn't mean he didn't come from Ur.
The Jewish labor in Egypt was probably not at "Per-Raamses" although that was
the name of the site when the Biblical account was written.  That doesn't
mean they were not bustin their chops making bricks at Avaris.  There is
simply no advantage to "inventing" Nazareth as his hometown.
> Despite herb's statement regarding the lack of epigraphic records for a lot
> of towns, there is no solid evidence for a town called Nazareth at that
> time. We should be used to things being adapted to fulfill what is written.

	There is plenty of evidence for a village on the site of Nazareth in
the 1st century.  There is also no evidence of the site being called anything
else.  Nazareth is mentioned 29 times throughout Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts.
The first strata of these writings are well within the 1st century.

Jack Kilmon