Thread: Mathew 2:23
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Old 23rd February 2009, 07:50 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Originally Posted by Climacus Areopagite View Post
{2:23} And arriving, he lived in a city which is called Nazareth, in order to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: “For he shall be called a Nazarene.”


Apparently, Nazareth, or that Christ would be a Nazarene is not explicitly expressed in the prophets. Do you know what Saint Mathew was referring to here? Maybe was it implied in the prophets, or was what is being expressed here a part of the Living Tradition of Mathew's time?

I speculate that the town's name may be derived from the name Nazirite, referring to a ritual where certain Israelite took vows and followed certain rituals. In any case, the Nazirites were clearly a foreshadowing of Christ. Also, I think that Samson was a foreshadowing of Christ.

{13:5} For you shall conceive and bear a son, whose head no razor shall touch. For he shall be a Nazirite of God, from his infancy and from his mother’s womb. And he shall begin to free Israel from the hand of the Philistines.”
{13:6} And when she had gone to her husband, she said to him: “A man of God came to me, having the countenance of an Angel, exceedingly terrible. And when I had inquired of him, who he was, and where he was from, and what name he was called, he was not willing to tell me.
{13:7} But he responded: ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. Take care that you do not drink wine or strong drink. And you shall not consume anything unclean. For the boy shall be a Nazirite of God from his infancy, from his mother’s womb, even until the day of his death.’ ”

{49:26} The blessings of your father are strengthened by the blessings of his fathers, until the desire of the hills of eternity shall arrive. May they be at the head of Joseph, and at the summit of the Nazarite, among his brothers.

Some texts relate that verse from Matthew to Isaiah 11:1 on the theory that the name of the town derives from the Hebrew word for 'shoot'

[Isaiah 11]
{11:1} And a rod will go forth from the root of Jesse, and a flower will ascend from his root.
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