Jesus is so called, probably on account of his coming from Nazareth in Galilee, though there are difficulties about the precise meaning of the Greek (which is transliterated ‘Nazorean’ by NRSV). When Matt. (2:23) claims an OT prophecy in support, no one has yet discovered any such reference. It may be a punning interpretation of Isa. 11:1, where a similar Hebrew word means ‘branch’, but it may be significant that in Syria where Matt. was probably compiled Christians also called themselves Nazarenes.

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  • Nazarene — • A name applied to Our Lord in the New Testament Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Nazarene     Nazarene     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Nazarene — [naz΄ə rēn′, naz′ə rēn΄] adj. [ME Nazaren < LL(Ec) Nazarenus < Gr(Ec) Nazarēnos, the Nazarene] of Nazareth or its people or culture n. 1. a person born or living in Nazareth 2. a member of an early sect of Christians of Jewish origin who… …   English World dictionary

  • Nazarene — (n.) c.1200, holy man; early 13c., a native or resident of NAZARETH (Cf. Nazareth), childhood home of Jesus, from L.L. Nazarenus, from Gk. Nazarenos, from Heb. Natzerath. As an adjective from late 13c. As a follower of Jesus from late 14c. In… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Nazarene — Naz a*rene , prop. n. [L. Nazarenus, Gr. ?, fr. ? Nazareth.] 1. A native or inhabitant of Nazareth; a term of contempt applied to Christ and the early Christians. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect of Judaizing Christians in the first… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nazarene — /naz euh reen , naz euh reen /, n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Nazareth. 2. a member of a sect of early Jewish converts to Christianity who retained the Mosaic ritual. 3. the Nazarene, Jesus Christ. adj. 4. of or pertaining to Nazareth or the… …   Universalium

  • Nazarene — noun Etymology: Middle English Nazaren, from Late Latin Nazarenus, from Greek Nazarēnos, from Nazareth Nazareth, Palestine Date: 13th century 1. a native or resident of Nazareth 2. a. Christian 1a b. a member of the Church of the Nazarene that is …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Nazarene — 1. adjective a) Of or pertaining to Nazareth or its people. b) Of or relating to the Church of the Nazarene. 2. noun a) A person from Nazareth. b) (κατ εξοχήν) …   Wiktionary

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