Return of the family of Jesus to Nazareth

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Depiction of young Jesus in Nazareth, anonymous artist, c. 1930

The return of the family of Jesus to Nazareth is part of the version of the early life of Jesus given in the Gospel of Luke.[1] It describes Joseph and Mary returning to their home in Nazareth after Jesus is born during a visit to Bethlehem to register for the Census of Quirinius.[2]

This is a different account to that in the Gospel of Matthew, in which Joseph and his family live in Bethlehem and only move to Nazareth after the Flight into Egypt.[3]

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.".[4]

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  1. ^ Luke 2:39
  2. ^ 'Mary in the New Testament by Raymond Edward Brown 1978 ISBN 0-8091-2168-9 page 24
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Bible gateway
Return of the family of Jesus to Nazareth
Preceded by
Massacre of the Innocents
New Testament
Succeeded by
Finding Jesus in the Temple