In English translations of the New Testament, the phrase "Jesus of Nazareth" appears seventeen times. In 2009 Israeli archaeologist Yardenna Alexandre excavated archaeological remains in Nazareth that might date to the time of Jesus in the early Roman period. Alexandre told reporters, "The discovery is of the utmost importance since it reveals for the very first time a house from the Jewish village of Nazareth." In the Gospel of Matthew, Joseph and Mary resettled in Nazareth after returning from the flight from Bethlehem to Egypt to escape the horrors of the Herodian killing.
He must have been some whizzo guy to change the world in just 3 years!
** OK, he did stay behind at the temple:-
When the festival was over, they started back home, but the boy Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. His parents did not know this; they thought that he was with the group, so they traveled a whole day and then started looking for him among their relatives and friends. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you."
Sounds a very familiar family occurrence. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt!
"But," we hear our reader cry, "What has provoked these blogs? What has aroused the chubby one's interest in this relatively ordinary part of West Yorkshire?" All will be revealed tomorrow.