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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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Walking The Jesus Trail: Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee (Village to Village Guide)

By Anna Dintaman

Village to Village Press
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Walking The Jesus Trail: Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee (Village to Village Guide)
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From epic cliffs to gentle fields, from bustling towns to the peaceful lake shores of Galilee, take a journey on the Jesus Trail and watch the Bible and history come to life. Walking the Jesus Trail contains all the information you need to independently walk the 65-kilometre (40-mile) Jesus Trail connecting New Testament sites in the Galilee region of Israel. Literally walk in the footsteps of Jesus between sites such as Nazareth, Capernaum, and the Sea of Galilee, and dozens of other sacred historical sites.

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

By Jacob Saar

imusti
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Jesus Trail and Jerusalem: Includes High Resolution Topographical Maps from the Survey of Israel
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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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The Basilica of the Annunciation at Nazareth and Adjacent Shrines

By G S P Freeman-Grenville

Brand: Carta,The Israel Map Publishing Company Ltd,Israel
Paperback (64 pages)

The Basilica of the Annunciation at Nazareth and Adjacent Shrines
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A major Christian shrine, this basilica together with its neighboring shrines commemorate the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to Our Lady and the incarnation and early life of Jesus.,

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

By Chad F. Emmett

Chad F Emmett
Released: 1995-02-07
Paperback (328 pages)

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  • Beyond the Basilica Christians and Muslims in Nazareth
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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.

Nazareth: ERETZ Magazine Guide

By Yadin Roman

Independently published
Paperback (176 pages)

Nazareth: ERETZ Magazine Guide
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Nazareth is much more than the Basilica of the Annunciation and Mary's well. It is a town of many different quarters, markets, churches and sites. The ERETZ Guide is produced by Israel's leading geographic magazine, and includes detailed routes and maps to the various quarters of Nazareth, a listing of Nazareth's vibrant culinary scene and recommendations for accommodations in the town itself in the many ancient mansions that have been turned into unique B&B guest houses. The detailed maps give street names (many of them numbers) throughout the maze of alleys of the Old City (most of them do not appear on Waze or Google maps), and a myriad of sites to visit and places to enjoy and specialty shops in the markets and around. The ERETZ Guide to Nazareth was written by Yadin Roman, editor in chief of ERETZ Magazine, and one of Israels' foremost experts on the lore and heritage of the Land of Israel.

Quest for the Nail Prints

By Don Furr

Sheaf House
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Quest for the Nail Prints
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When unexpected circumstances bring a doctor, a pastor, and a professor to Israel during Holy Week, they are suddenly thrust back in time to first-century Jerusalem. There they come face to face with Jesus of Nazareth on his way to the cross, an encounter that changes their lives forever.

1400 Bananas, 76 Towns & 1 Million People

By Samir Nazareth

Samir Nazareth
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1400 Bananas, 76 Towns & 1 Million People
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For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson in Travels with a Donkey Few of us have the panache to put in our papers, free ourselves from our desks, and take off on a half-year-long trip along the coastal necklace of peninsular India. This richly-flavoured travelogue combines adventure, serendipity, food, and sheer joie de vivre. The narrative irresistibly draws us in as benevolent observers of the many facets and foibles of humanity. Living out of a backpack, in budget lodgings, and eating bananas as a staple, only add to the heady challenges that stimulate the spirit of wanderlust of this maverick-explorer. The tour diary, starting from the remote north-western coastal tip and climaxing, rather precariously, way above sea-level at the potentially sinister Indo-Tibetan border, is an engrossing chronicle of discoveries about the desires, views, tribulations, joys, and sheer zest for living, of the teeming millions of India. Thrown in for good measure, in a refreshingly tongue-in-cheek style, are recipes for some of the gastronomic delights offered in the places traversed. Itinerant sidelights about people of all classes and creeds – fishermen, seafarers, rickshaw-drivers, priests, salesmen, radicals, typical and atypical families, and all the rest – create a colourful kalaidescope that is quintessentially India. This book is as enjoyable and energising as a good cup of chai...

Concordia (Images of America)

By Dena Bisnette

Arcadia Publishing
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Concordia (Images of America)
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In 1869, Concordia, Kansas, was declared the county seat of what would become Cloud County. At first, the town existed only on paper as a project being pushed by James M. Hagaman and a small group of partners. Once development started, Concordia rapidly grew to become a center of commerce south of the Republican River that eventually attracted four railroad lines. It became a town of landmarks, including several famous hotels, two opera houses, Nazareth Convent, and a thriving downtown area. Characters in the story of Concordia include French Canadian immigrants, nuns, pilots, quarreling newspaper editors, German prisoners of war, and politician Frank Carlson. Readers can enjoy visiting the community’s past in the pages of Images of America: Concordia.


 
 
 

 
 
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