Summary: During the days of Yeshua, Nazareth was small town or village in lower
Galilee, about twenty miles west of the Sea of Galilee. Nazareth was the birthplace
of both Miriam and Joseph, and the location where they eventually settled to raise
Miriam, the mother of Yeshua, spent the first twelve years of her life in Nazareth
before her family was forced to move to Jerusalem. Joseph, was also born and raised
in Nazareth and grew quite fond of Miriam before her family left. Joseph re-united
with Miriam five years later while doing carpentry work in Jerusalem. At the time,
Miriam was pregnant with twins, but this did not stop Joseph from declaring his love
for her. A year after Yeshua and Judas Thomas were born, Joseph and Miriam moved
from Jerusalem to Nazareth, where they continued to raise their family.
Mary and Yeshua were married in the local synagogue in Nazareth (c. 10 CE). They
lived with Yeshua’s parents for three years, until Yeshua was called to study under
John the Baptizer in Qumran at the age of nineteen. During this time, Mary stayed
at her family’s home in Bethany. After eleven years, Yeshua returned with Mary to
Nazareth where they lived with Miriam. Ten years later, Yeshua was called to begin
his ministry at the age of forty (AZC — Yeshua and Mary).
Yeshua came to be rejected by his hometown of Nazareth. Nearly a year into his ministry,
Yeshua was almost killed by the local scribes and Pharisees who became offended by
a sermon he gave at the local synagogue. Had it not been for the timely arrival of
Rufinius the centurion, the elders may have succeeded in killing Yeshua (Y:17:1-42).