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The dispute of Shihab al-Din's mosque in the main piazza in Nazareth, near the Basilica of the Annunciation
I'm concerned about this section. It was recently detached from "History/State of Israel" and does not seem to fit with the structure of the rest of the article. It is repetitive, with the Pope's visit being mentioned twice. The references are not formatted in the normal way and some don't work. It uses language that does not seem neutral, such as 'petty politicians'. It also talks about Muslims as if all the world's Muslims were involved in this dispute, rather than certain individuals or groups; the suggestion that the dispute 'triggered protests from Christians around the world' may be weasel words because it reads as though all Christians were up in arms rather than giving examples of protests beyond George Bush. I hope the section can be improved to make it accurate, balanced, clear, grammatical, concise and encyclopaedic. --Wavehunter (talk) 08:38, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
I've been bold and restored the section to "History/State of Israel" with minor improvements. The section had been written by a sockpuppet and was thus dubious anyway. --Wavehunter (talk) 14:45, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
I've read somewhere a suggestion that Jesus was originally referred to, not as a Nazarene, but as a Nazirite, i.e., a consecrated man in the Jewish tradition. Cf.Nazarene (title)#Nazirite. It's generally accepted that Jesus's brother James was a Nazirite, as well.
It has been speculated (at least) that the early church, wishing to distance Jesus from Jewish practices (or from the Temple establishment?), changed Nazirite to Nazarene (just one vowel apart in Greek), and invented the town of Nazareth to explain the epithet. That would accord well with the absence of evidence for Nazareth's existence prior to the time of Jesus. I can't remember where I read this, or I'd put a paragraph into the article about it. Would somebody familiar with the literature be so kind as to do it for me? J. D. Crutchfield | Talk 18:36, 19 December 2014 (UTC)
There is no agreement among scholars on the precise relationship between Nazirite and Nazarene. This article is a good summary. I don't think it belongs here, but more in some article about Jesus or perhaps Nazarene (sect). As for Nazareth being an invented place, that is a fringe theory that doesn't belong anywhere. Zerotalk 01:52, 20 December 2014 (UTC)