Bible Meaning: The guarded one
Strong's Concordance #G3478
After Jesus' birth in Bethlehem and fleeing to Egypt to avoid Herod's wrath, Mary and Joseph went back to their home in Nazareth. The Lord lived in the city from 5 B.C. to 27 A.D. He moved to Capernaum in 27 in fulfillment of an ancient Messianic prophecy (Isaiah 9:1 - 2, Matthew 4:13 - 16).
Obscure and insignificant
Nazareth was one of the most unlikely places in which to raise the Messiah.
After Philip was called to be a disciple, he tracked down his brother Nathanael to tell him he had found the Messiah. Nathanael's famous answer, after being told Jesus was from Nazareth, gives us a glimpse into the generally dim view the population had of the city. His rather sarcastic response was, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" (John 1:47, HBFV).
It seemed incredulous to Nathanael that the Messiah, who had long been expected, would come from such an insignificant place as Nazareth. His rather negative view of the city, however, is not without some justification from a human point of view.
The city is not directly referenced at all in the Old Testament. It was considered a place of such insignificance that it is also not mentioned in any of Jewish historian Josephus' writings, or in the Apocrypha, or in the Jewish Talmud, or in any known intertestamental Jewish writings.
In the first century A.D., the city was small, isolated and nourished by only a single spring of fresh water. It was not located on any major trade routes and was considered of no political importance. It was home to a small population able to support only a single synagogue (Luke 4:16).
Though viewed with derision by humans, Nazareth was the perfect place to raise up our humble Savior!
And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim . . .
And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen: he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth . . .
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none: but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
And I (Apostle Paul) answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.