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1. The term ho Nazarēnos occurs in the NT in apposition to the name “Jesus” to show that the Jesus meant is the man of Nazareth (Mark 1:24; 10:47; 14:67; 16:6). Matthew does not have the term but replaces it by ho Nazōraios in 26:71, also using that term in 2:23. We find both terms in Luke (the former in 4:34; 24:19; the latter in 18:37), but only the latter in Acts (6 times). John uses the latter term, but only in the passion story (18:5, 7; 19:19). The idea that this form of the name derived from a supposedly pre-Christian sect (the Nazaraioi) is mistaken, as is the idea that the Mandaeans used it for…

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Merkel, Helmut, “Nazarene”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N89>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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