Nazarene (Naz´uh-reen)

A term applied to Jesus in all four of the Gospels and Acts and, in one passage (Acts 24:5), also applied to the early Christians. The Greek word has two different spellings, perhaps deriving from different roots in Hebrew or Aramaic, but both are apparently understood as references to Nazareth, the home of Jesus. In most instances, the NRSV translates the term by the English phrase “of Nazareth” (but cf. Matt 2:23), where it is rendered as “Nazorean”).

Acts 24:5

5We have, in fact, found this man a pestilent fellow, an agitator among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.

Matt 2:23

23There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazorean.”

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