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The ancient village of Nazareth was located in a small valley in Lower Galilee surrounded by hills on all sides. It was set back from major roads in the vicinity and therefore somewhat secluded. The nearest city was Sepphoris, approximately eight km away. The soil of the Nazareth valley was fertile, the climate was good, and chalkstone provided building material for dwellings and cisterns. Th…

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Schwartz, Joshua, “Nazareth”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 09 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2020

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