The Holy Land: Homage to the Incarnation

Like Bethlehem and Jerusalem, Nazareth is one of the holiest places in Christendom, but it has never enjoyed quite the same awe that the other two names evoke. For Christians, it is the town where Gabriel announced to Mary that she would be the mother of God, the town where Jesus grew up. But even in Biblical times it suffered from a bad press. When the apostle Philip told Nathanael that the Messiah had come from Nazareth, the Gospel of John reports, the incredulous answer was, "Can anything good come out of that...

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