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Nazareth Market


We are still walking from the one claim of anunciation to the next. Carrying on through the narrow streets, all of a sudden, you find yourself in a street market. Here you see mostly hard stuff, but there are also stalls or shops where you can buy interesting food stuffs or like I did, a kilo of ground Turkish coffee. I still have half of it.


The historical significance of Nazareth is not so much. In general history, the first mentions of Nazareth is placed around 300 to 150 BC, depending on linguistic agreement. This will be the time that many Jews returned from exile. It seems from old sources that it was a Jewish settlement with around 400 inhabitants around BC 0 AD. Nazareth was a small and insignificant agricultural village at that time, with no trade routes and was of little economic importance. No big battle or any such event is linked to it. It remained a Jewish settlement until the 7th century, from when it changed hands to the Arabs of the time.


Today, it is the largest Palestinian City in Israel and is even referred to as the Palestinian Silicon Valley. There are still some Jews living there, but they are few. The religion of the Palestinians in Nazareth is described as 60% Muslim and 30% Christian, with the remaining 10% distributed among other religions and non-religions.


The Biblical significance is that is the village where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary (most likely between 12 and 16 at the time) announcing that she will have a baby and should call him Jesus. After His birth in Bethlehem, all boys 2 years and younger were killed by King Herod's men in and around Bethlehem. Warned in time, Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt, where they stayed until Herod died and returned to Nazareth, where Joseph worked as carpenter. In Luke 2.39,40 we read that Jesus "...they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon him."


A remark made by Nathaniel (later one of the disciples of Jesus), was, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth’ (John 1.46). This is an indication that Nazareth was not held in high regard by the Jews, as Nathaniel was a Pharisee at the time of his comment. After his first period in Capernaum, Jesus returned to Nazareth, where He proclaimed Himself. The inhabitants were annoyed an he left Nazareth for the last time, to return to Capernaum.



comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Feb 2016, 03:25
What a fine shot, Louis...I love all that shiny stuff!
Louis: It was around two weeks before Christmas - in a country where they don't do Christmas.
I'm afraid I would have a bit of optical overload in this market!
Thank you for the history lesson - I knew the Bible entries, but I didn't realize how Nazareth had grown, and the distribution of religious beliefs...
Louis: Optical overload, quite so, Elizabeth. Some of the stuff, I can't imagine who will buy it.
i love your shot of the market Louis... so many colours and shapes...
thanks for the history about the village... Jesus and your quotes from the bible....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter. It was quite an experience. Just loved their baklava style sweets.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Feb 2016, 06:38
I wonder what good comes out of Nazareth today Louis?

I like the picture incidentally, full of features & bustle
Louis: Thanks Chris. The baklava style Arabian sweets is something good from there smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Feb 2016, 06:54
Oh yes, you can hide yourself and dive in such a bazar - I love it! I can hear the Arab music, too. Thanks for your full information!
Louis: Graag gedaan Philine. They have speakers everywhere, for when the imaam cries out.
I can picture Jesus standing there, shaking his head but still quite amused by the bathroom mats, the Santa Clauses, the bling-bling. Man! A lot has happened in all these years!
Louis: In his days so absolutely no bling in the little village. Yes, a lot happened, Ginnie.
I remember these streets Louis, full of their cheap religious souvenirs. I thought that there was not a year zero. Imagine the New Year celebrations at the end of year 1BC when the clock turned to 1AD, what excitement.
Louis: Mmmm, I could have used 1 AD, I think. Don't really know how to write the split second moment of zero. Maybe I should have written BC 1 AD. Would make more sense Gregorian wise.

Haven't seen many religious souvenirs in Nazareth, but Jerusalem was different, especially in certain parts of the old city.
A beautiful and colourful image reminding me of Tunisian souks Louis!
Louis: I believe it will take quite some time for big grocery chains to make a mark, around here, Richard.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 17 Feb 2016, 10:05
I never imagined Nazareth like that, Louis
Louis: Same with me, Lisl.
Love this market shot, Louis. It looks freshly washed and presented.
Louis: From what I saw, they keep their 'shops' clean, Mary.
The shot is full of interest and colour, your information is interesting if only people could live in religious harmony.
Louis: Harmony is a difficult thing to attain for people. The 'self' probably being the biggest hurdle in the quest.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Feb 2016, 17:06
....in a country where they don't do Christmas..... erm... do I spot some Santa's that try to get away wink
I love the way all the goods are stacked up high.
Great shot.
When I read all the names familiar from the bible I cannot picture toilet-mats and seat covers..... A lot has changed, I thinks that counts for almost everything.
Louis: Precisely Astrid. The last Islamic religious festival is Milad un Nabi and normally falls in early December. The Jewish Hannukah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. Christmas is for Christians - although many non-religious people in the US and UK also observe the day for some reason. Point is that those Santa's are probably meant for tourists. I just can't imagine that I would buy a Santa in Nazareth, to take up space on my plane back home. Maybe they put them up every year before Christmas, in the hope it will sell. If there is a chance of making money ...
Thanks for the comment, Astrid.
a fine view point, Louis. this could be so many places all over the world today
Louis: Thank you Ayush. I agree.
Good picture and interesting info Louis
Louis: Thank you Bill. I can spend some time in markets - not necessary with the intent to buy, much to the chagrin of some sellers.
Looking rather like the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul!
Louis: The Turks ruled quite some time in what is now Israel, when they were a world power. I guess a lot of how they went about trading rubbed off. Never been to Turkey myself.
Quite a market... thanks for the history...

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