Return of young Jesus to Nazareth

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The return of young Jesus to Nazareth is an episode in the life of Jesus that appears in the Gospel of Luke.[1] It relates the return to Nazareth by Joseph and Mary after the birth of Jesus during a brief visit to Bethlehem to register for the Census of Quirinius.[2][3]

In the account given in the Gospel of Matthew Joseph and his family, who live in Bethlehem, only move to Nazareth after the Flight into Egypt.[4]

So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene.".[5]

The Gospel of Luke also includes the Finding Jesus in the Temple episode, but there is no further mention of the young Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew following his arrival in Nazareth.

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  1. ^ Luke 2:39
  2. ^ An introduction to the New Testament, Volume 1 by Samuel Davidson, 1848 Samuel Baxter Publishers ISBN 32101076516960 page 47
  3. ^ 'Mary in the New Testament by Raymond Edward Brown 1978 ISBN 0-8091-2168-9 page 24
  4. ^ Bart D. Ehrman, Jesus: apocalyptic prophet of the new millennium, Oxford University Press 1999, page 38; Paula Fredriksen, From Jesus to Christ (Second edition, Yale University Press, 2000, page 36); R. T. France, The Gospel of Matthew (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007) page 43; Rudolf Schnackenburg, The Gospel of Matthew, (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2002) page 27; Marcus Borg, 'The Meaning of the birth stories', in Borg and Wright, The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions (HarperOne, 1999), page 180.
  5. ^ Bible gateway
Return of young Jesus to Nazareth
Preceded by
Massacre of the Innocents
New Testament
Succeeded by
Finding Jesus in the Temple