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Nazareth


Nazareth, Israel
Nazareth is the capital of, and largest city in, the North District of Israel. As of 2006, Nazareth had an estimated population of 64,800.

During 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the city, despite having a majority Arab population, was easily captured by Israeli troops. Arab town leaders agreed to a formal surrender document in exchange for promises for Israeli officers, including Ben Dunkelman who led the operation, that no harm would come to either the town or the civilian population of the town. Hours later Haim Laskov (who would later in life become Israeli Chief of Staff) ordered Dunkelman to expel all Arab civilians from the town, but Dunkelman refused the order. Laskov then tried to get the order sanctioned by higher authority, but David Ben-Gurion vetoed it. As a result of these events, the Arab population remained in the Nazareth, and today the city is home to a large number of Israel's Arab citizens, and acts as the effective capital for Israeli Arabs.

According to the New Testament, Jesus spent his childhood in Nazareth. The city is thus an important location for Christian pilgrimage, and there are many sites in Nazareth with biblical associations. These include:
  • The Church of the Annunciation - The largest Christian building in the Middle East, and in Roman Catholic tradition, the site where the Archangel Gabriel announced the future birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary.

  • St. Gabriel's Church - According to East Orthodox tradition, the site of the annunciation

  • The Synagogue Church - The traditional location of the synagogue where Jesus taught.

  • Church of St. Joseph's Carpentry - The traditional location of Joseph's workshop.

  • Mensa Christi Church - The traditional location where Jesus dined with the Apostles after the Resurrection.

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Jesus Trail and Jerusalem: Includes High Resolution Topographical Maps from the Survey of Israel

By Jacob Saar

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Jesus Trail and Jerusalem: Includes High Resolution Topographical Maps from the Survey of Israel
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  • Eshkol Publishing
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"Hiking the Jesus Trail is a once in a lifetime experience for every Christian. The Jesus Trail passes through Nazareth, Cana, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Sea of Galilee and Capernaum. You can be baptized in the Jordan River, climb Mount Tabor and ascend Mount Precipice. The journey ends in Jerusalem. You will visit the Church of the Visitation, the Room of the Last Supper, Gethsemane, the Tomb of Mary, the Via Dolorosa and the Holy Sepulchre. Bethlehem is only ten kilometers from the trail.Pilgrims frequently describe their hike in the Holy Land as a life-altering experience. Some find it difficult to express the bliss they feel during this spiritual journey. After their hike of the trail, a group of pilgrims from Italy wrote: ""When we completed the hike of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (Way of St. James) we were excited. But it was nothing compared to what we felt when we ended our hike of the Land of Jesus at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. We were elated, crying with joy and blessing the Lord for our journey"".The Jesus Trail guide contains all the information you need to independently walk the Trail connecting New Testament sites in the Galilee and Jerusalem.
  • The guide includes high resolution maps of the region 1:45,000 in English.
  • Maps of Jerusalem 1:15,000.
  • Road maps 1:250,000.
  • Hike description with elevation charts of 14 days in the Galilee Holy Basin and Jerusalem.
  • Historical information about dozens of relevant Biblical sites.
  • Practical information about travel, accommodations, gear, short dictionary, and more.
  • Link to a website with free GPS tracks covered in the guide and updated trail conditions.
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Nazareth, a Fascinating City of Culture and Cuisine- Abridged Version

Released: 2013-05-01
Kindle Edition (76 pages)

Nazareth, a Fascinating City of Culture and Cuisine- Abridged Version
 
Product Description:
Doesn't matter if you are a fan of the Mediterranean diet or just love the Mediterranean food – this book is your best Mediterranean food recipes source!

Enjoy a sampling of the most renowned restaurants in Nazareth and their authentic Mediterranean food recipes, handed down from generations past. You will also discover recipes to which modern generations of family chefs have added their own special touches and twists.
This book is not a Mediterranean diet cookbook, but a magical tour in the city of Nazareth, following the people, food, tastes and smells

“Nazareth, A fascinating city of culture and cuisine” (Abridged Version) the new book by Elinoar Rabin, is delight for all the senses, and it provides an entirely new way to explore the ancient city of Nazareth.
Elinoar uses a perfect combination of Nazareth’s history, culture and cuisine, accompanied by gorgeous photography and mouthwatering authentic recipes to provide a sensory experience that is not soon forgotten.

Elinoar gives us a look inside Nazareth’s food industry, including tahini factories, butcher shops and bakeries. She introduces us to the unique personalities of restaurant owners and chefs, as well as the proprietors of several food factories and boutique food shops.
Learn all about the origin of the cuisine which has combined over the centuries to provide a wide range of food preparation techniques and recipes, in Arabic, traditional Israeli, Turkish and Mediterranean cooking.
Mouthwatering traditional main dishes including grilled skewers, hummus and falafel, along with tempting desserts and specialty dishes – all made with fresh local produce, locally grown specialty spices, seafood and traditionally favored meats can all be found between the covers of this book.
In addition, you will find several recipes for trendy Mediterranean fare that offers a healthy choice of cuisine made with fresh ingredients on the lighter side.
The books abridged version offers 26 out of the 97 recipes available in the full version as well as a map with a sampling the signature places to see during your visit.
Take a fascinating cultural trip back in history with historical information, interviews, stories and anecdotes, which are all unique to Nazareth.

If you are left wanting more, you can always get the full version with 97 recipes and also a guide to the most fascinating sights and places to see or sleep in.

Step by step Tour Guide in Nazareth Israel

By Ilan Sharoni

Released: 2011-05-30
Kindle Edition (69 pages)

Step by step Tour Guide in Nazareth Israel
 
Product Description:
Step by step Tour Guide with walking tours proposals and many pictures.

Tour Guide
About Nazareth
Pope Benedict - 16 visit to Nazareth
Classic walking tour for families
Walking Tour
Trip to Mount of the Leap
Nazareth Village Tour
Old City tour
Nazareth Restaurants
Tishreen Resturant NazarethTishreen Resturant
Fahoum Restaurant
Diana Resturant NazarethDiana Resturant
Merry Land Restaurant
La Fontana di Maria Resturant
Pollmondo Resturant
Andrin Resturant Nazareth
Where to sleep
The Fauzi Azar Inn
Golden Crown Hotel (2015 St. POB 50252, 16000 Nazareth)
Abu Saeed Hostel (Old City, 16092 Nazareth )

Al Mutran Guest House (Al Mutran square , 16000 Nazareth )
Rimonim Mary's Well Nazareth Hotel (Paulus VI Road, 16000 Nazareth )
Nazareth Plaza Hotel (2 Hermon Street, 17502 Nazareth)
View from balcony of “Fauzi Azar Inn”
Mensa Christi – Nazareth
Christ Synagogue at Nazareth
“Fauzi Azar Inn”
Church of Christ Adolescent
Church of the Annunciation
Nazareth Village - Pictures

Beyond the Basilica: Christians and Muslims in Nazareth (University of Chicago Geography Research Papers)

By Chad F. Emmett

University Of Chicago Press
Released: 1995-02-07
Paperback (328 pages)

Beyond the Basilica: Christians and Muslims in Nazareth (University of Chicago Geography Research Papers)
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Nazareth, the largest Arab city in Israel, is a surprising example of ethnic harmony in a region dominated by conflict. A recent trend toward integration of its historical Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Muslim quarters however, has disrupted the harmony. In Beyond the Basilica: Christians and Muslims in Nazareth, Chad F. Emmett provides penetrating analysis of the complex relationship between the structure of Nazareth’s quarters and the relations between its ethnic communities.

Emmett describes both the positive and negative effects of Nazareth’s residential patterns. He shows that the addition of new and ethnically mixed quarters has promoted mixed schools, joint holiday celebrations, a common political culture, and social networks that cross ethnic boundaries. But he also finds that tensions exist among Christian groups and between Muslims and Christians in regard to intersectarian marriages, religious conversion, attempts to establish a joint Christian cemetery, and the emergence of a local Islamic party.

Extensive interviews with leaders of religious groups, political parties, and residents reveal the way in which members of each ethnic community perceive one another. A survey of 300 families gives a wealth of details about the make-up of Nazareth’s population, including residential histories, religion, level of religious conviction, friendship and shopping patterns, and much more. Fourteen maps trace changes in the distribution of religious groups and political affiliation in Nazareth from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

Beyond the Basilica will interest cultural geographers, historians, demographers, political scientists, and anyone who would like to learn more about an ethnically divided community in the residents cooperate more than they fight.


 
 
 

 
 
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