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Old Jan 1, '08, 6:11 am
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Default "He shall be called a Nazorean" - sez who?

From the Gospel Sunday, Matthew 2:23
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He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth,
so that what had been spoken through the prophets
might be fulfilled,
He shall be called a Nazorean.
What is the source of this prophecy?
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Old Jan 1, '08, 6:52 am
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Default Re: "He shall be called a Nazorean" - sez who?

But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.


Isaiah 11:1

The word for shoot in Hebrew is Netser, in which the word Nazareth is derived.

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10725a.htm

Also, the phrase, "He shall be called a Nazorean," is not found in the Old Testament, it was an oral tradition.

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Old Jan 1, '08, 8:34 am
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Default Re: "He shall be called a Nazorean" - sez who?

St. Jerome seems to have the right idea, here is his quote
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JEROME. Had he meant to quote a particular text, he would not have written 'Prophets,' but 'the Prophet.' By thus using the plural he evidently does not take the words of any one passage in Scripture, but the sense of the whole. Nazarene is interpreted 'Holy,' and that the Lord would be Holy, all Scripture testifies. Otherwise we may explain that it is found in Isaiah rendered to the strict letter of the Hebrew. There shall come a Rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Nazarene shall grow out of His roots.
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Old Jan 1, '08, 5:50 pm
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Hi Digits,

No one has found a source for this. One commentary explains that the term Nazoree was used pejoratively by Jews to qualify Jesus' disciples and later Christians in general. Since the prophets have predicted that the Messiah would be despised, there is some sense in this explanation.

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Old Jan 1, '08, 5:59 pm
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Default Re: "He shall be called a Nazorean" - sez who?

Here is an article addressing the Nazarene issue:

Response to 'The Fabulous Prophecies of the Messiah' (from Christian Think-Tank, scroll down to 'Weird Passage Three: Nazerene, Nazirite, or What?!')
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Old Jan 3, '08, 5:17 pm
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Default Re: "He shall be called a Nazorean" - sez who?

Another question on this topic: Why does the NAB use the spelling "Nazorean"? Most other translations spell it "Nazarene".
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Old Jan 3, '08, 7:03 pm
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Digitonomy

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Another question on this topic: Why does the NAB use the spelling "Nazorean"? Most other translations spell it "Nazarene".
Here is a simple explanation. http://www.hypotyposeis.org/weblog/2...-nazareth.html
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Old Jan 3, '08, 7:19 pm
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From that link,
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Were Nazarene and Nazorean synonymous? It looks like from Acts 24:5 and Matt. 26:71 + Mark 14:69 that Nazorean is the name of a group or sect. Jewish Christians continued to call themselves Nazoreans (so Jerome), as well as remnants of followers of John the Baptist (the Mandeans). On the other hand, Nazarene apparently indicates a person from Nazaret(h).
Fascinating. Thanks for the link.
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Old Jan 3, '08, 10:31 pm
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Now I see that nsper7 and Verbum alluded to this other meaning of Nazorean.
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