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Nazareth, Israel
Nazareth is the capital of, and largest city in, the North District of Israel. As of 2006, Nazareth had an estimated population of 64,800.

During 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the city, despite having a majority Arab population, was easily captured by Israeli troops. Arab town leaders agreed to a formal surrender document in exchange for promises for Israeli officers, including Ben Dunkelman who led the operation, that no harm would come to either the town or the civilian population of the town. Hours later Haim Laskov (who would later in life become Israeli Chief of Staff) ordered Dunkelman to expel all Arab civilians from the town, but Dunkelman refused the order. Laskov then tried to get the order sanctioned by higher authority, but David Ben-Gurion vetoed it. As a result of these events, the Arab population remained in the Nazareth, and today the city is home to a large number of Israel's Arab citizens, and acts as the effective capital for Israeli Arabs.

According to the New Testament, Jesus spent his childhood in Nazareth. The city is thus an important location for Christian pilgrimage, and there are many sites in Nazareth with biblical associations. These include:
  • The Church of the Annunciation - The largest Christian building in the Middle East, and in Roman Catholic tradition, the site where the Archangel Gabriel announced the future birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary.

  • St. Gabriel's Church - According to East Orthodox tradition, the site of the annunciation

  • The Synagogue Church - The traditional location of the synagogue where Jesus taught.

  • Church of St. Joseph's Carpentry - The traditional location of Joseph's workshop.

  • Mensa Christi Church - The traditional location where Jesus dined with the Apostles after the Resurrection.

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Mary of Nazareth - Book 6: Jesus travels in India and Tibet

By David M Keane

Independently published
Paperback (324 pages)

Mary of Nazareth - Book 6: Jesus travels in India and Tibet
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Jesus travels to India and Tibet for this area was the cradle of the early great religions. Jesus wants to understand their key beliefs and how these comply to the Ten Commandments, given by God to Moses, which is a critical test. Jesus believes that God’s over-arching ambition for Mankind, is embraced by the Twin commandments of Love which seamless incorporate the Ten Commandments. Jesus is close to full Oneness with the Triune God. When this is achieved Jesus will embrace suffering and death and will offer this to the Father in atonement for man’s sins and to restore man’s favor with God. Jesus will evaluate the earlier religions for these were inspired by God and must not be ignored. Mary will help Him.

Nazareth, a Fascinating City of Culture and Cuisine- Abridged Version

Released: 2013-05-01
Kindle Edition (76 pages)

Nazareth, a Fascinating City of Culture and Cuisine- Abridged Version
Product Description:
Doesn't matter if you are a fan of the Mediterranean diet or just love the Mediterranean food – this book is your best Mediterranean food recipes source!

Enjoy a sampling of the most renowned restaurants in Nazareth and their authentic Mediterranean food recipes, handed down from generations past. You will also discover recipes to which modern generations of family chefs have added their own special touches and twists.
This book is not a Mediterranean diet cookbook, but a magical tour in the city of Nazareth, following the people, food, tastes and smells

“Nazareth, A fascinating city of culture and cuisine” (Abridged Version) the new book by Elinoar Rabin, is delight for all the senses, and it provides an entirely new way to explore the ancient city of Nazareth.
Elinoar uses a perfect combination of Nazareth’s history, culture and cuisine, accompanied by gorgeous photography and mouthwatering authentic recipes to provide a sensory experience that is not soon forgotten.

Elinoar gives us a look inside Nazareth’s food industry, including tahini factories, butcher shops and bakeries. She introduces us to the unique personalities of restaurant owners and chefs, as well as the proprietors of several food factories and boutique food shops.
Learn all about the origin of the cuisine which has combined over the centuries to provide a wide range of food preparation techniques and recipes, in Arabic, traditional Israeli, Turkish and Mediterranean cooking.
Mouthwatering traditional main dishes including grilled skewers, hummus and falafel, along with tempting desserts and specialty dishes – all made with fresh local produce, locally grown specialty spices, seafood and traditionally favored meats can all be found between the covers of this book.
In addition, you will find several recipes for trendy Mediterranean fare that offers a healthy choice of cuisine made with fresh ingredients on the lighter side.
The books abridged version offers 26 out of the 97 recipes available in the full version as well as a map with a sampling the signature places to see during your visit.
Take a fascinating cultural trip back in history with historical information, interviews, stories and anecdotes, which are all unique to Nazareth.

If you are left wanting more, you can always get the full version with 97 recipes and also a guide to the most fascinating sights and places to see or sleep in.

Walking the Jesus Trail: Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee

By Anna Dintaman

Paperback (256 pages)

Walking the Jesus Trail: Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee
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From epic cliffs to gentle fields, from bustling towns to the peaceful lake shores of Galilee, take a journey on the Jesus Trail and watch the Bible and history come to life. Hiking the Jesus Trail contains all the information you need to independently walk the 65-kilometer (40-mile) Jesus Trail and over 220 kilometers of additional trails connecting New Testament sites in the Galilee region of Israel. Literally walk in the footsteps of Jesus between sites such as Nazareth, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River, Mount Tabor, and dozens of other sacred historical sites.
This book includes:

*over 50 detailed full-color stage maps, city maps and historical maps;

*suggested itineraries for walks ranging from one day to two weeks;

*practical information about travel, accommodation, food, gear, and more;

*historical information about the 1st century context of Jesus and overviews of dozens of historical and biblical sites;

*ecological information about the Galilee region, including flora and fauna, nature reserves and national parks, and the Israeli hiking trail network;

*over 250 full-color pages with over 200 photos and illustrations;

*integrated website with free GPS tracks of all routes covered in the book and updated trail conditions.

Step by step Tour Guide in Nazareth Israel

By Ilan Sharoni

Released: 2011-05-30
Kindle Edition (81 pages)

Step by step Tour Guide in Nazareth Israel
Product Description:
Step by step Tour Guide with walking tours proposals and many pictures.

Tour Guide
About Nazareth
Pope Benedict - 16 visit to Nazareth
Classic walking tour for families
Walking Tour
Trip to Mount of the Leap
Nazareth Village Tour
Old City tour
Nazareth Restaurants
Tishreen Resturant NazarethTishreen Resturant
Fahoum Restaurant
Diana Resturant NazarethDiana Resturant
Merry Land Restaurant
La Fontana di Maria Resturant
Pollmondo Resturant
Andrin Resturant Nazareth
Where to sleep
The Fauzi Azar Inn
Golden Crown Hotel (2015 St. POB 50252, 16000 Nazareth)
Abu Saeed Hostel (Old City, 16092 Nazareth )

Al Mutran Guest House (Al Mutran square , 16000 Nazareth )
Rimonim Mary's Well Nazareth Hotel (Paulus VI Road, 16000 Nazareth )
Nazareth Plaza Hotel (2 Hermon Street, 17502 Nazareth)
View from balcony of “Fauzi Azar Inn”
Mensa Christi – Nazareth
Christ Synagogue at Nazareth
“Fauzi Azar Inn”
Church of Christ Adolescent
Church of the Annunciation
Nazareth Village - Pictures

Nazareth Gospel Sites: Locating Events in the Life of Jesus: Guide Book (The Nazareth Series 3)

By Trevor Harris

Key-line Christian Research
Released: 2017-10-04
Kindle Edition (120 pages)

Nazareth Gospel Sites: Locating Events in the Life of Jesus: Guide Book (The Nazareth Series 3)
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“This book’s relating of the biblical accounts to the sites of Nazareth that we know today is a welcome contribution.” ~ Ray Pritz Ph.D, former Director, Biblical Society in Israel

Although the centre of modern Nazareth has no archaeological evidence of a city in the time of Jesus, the Catholic Church of the Annunciation is the most likely location for the encounter of the Virgin Mary with the angel Gabriel. Furthermore, verifiable remains of a large Jewish city in 4 BC have been discovered in Nazareth’s outer suburbs at Yafia. The mystery of Nazareth involving these two localities can now be explained.

This guidebook provides:
•An up-to-date guide to the key sites of Jesus in his hometown.
•An easy to follow sequence for visitors, tourists and pilgrims to Nazareth.
•A resource and devotional guide to sites mentioned in the New Testament Gospels.

•The latest archaeological evidence revealing the layout of Nazareth and its description at the time of Mary and Joseph.
•The location of the incarnation and family home of Jesus.
•The two workshops of Saint Joseph and their significance.
•A proposal where Jesus made his prophetic declaration as the Messiah in the Nazareth Synagogue on the Day of Atonement in a Jubilee year.
•A ‘stoning place’ locality where city leaders tried to execute Jesus.
•Information on several prophetic sites that reveal Jesus as the Messiah.

An Australian who is the Director of Key-line Christian Research, a company involved in Bible site studies. He has qualifications as an architect and planner. Among his passions is the architecture, geography, history and archaeology of the Middle East, where he has travelled extensively. Seven research trips over a number of decades have been conducted in Nazareth and its region involving liaison with key personnel.

Travel Journal Nazareth

By Good Journal
Released: 2014-01-08
Diary (116 pages)

Travel Journal Nazareth
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This journal is the perfect traveling companion for anyone visiting Nazareth. Plan and record all details of your trip, includes lined and blank pages for writing your daily diary and holiday planning, with handy information tailored for travelers. Lists to help you pack, plan and set budgets are included in this journal. The perfect gift for anyone visiting Nazareth.

What Is Due the Other (Kindle Single)

By Kent Russell

Little A
Released: 2017-08-01
Kindle Edition (161 pages)

What Is Due the Other (Kindle Single)
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From the acclaimed author of I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son comes a memoir of a young man’s reckoning with his mother—and the spiritual universe—during a two-week pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

When journalist Kent Russell agreed to accompany his mother on a “momgrimage” to Israel and Palestine, he put down his phone and returned to his dissolute life as a self-promoting writer on a book tour. He forgets the exchange ever took place—until he is reminded two weeks before their scheduled departure and resolves to take the trip seriously by fasting, meditating, and reconsidering the bend of his moral arc.

For seventeen days, Russell walks in the footsteps of Jesus Christ through Bethlehem and Nazareth, shoulder to shoulder with his detached mother; his sister, the novelist Karen Russell; and a gaggle of elderly pilgrims. He sails across the Sea of Galilee and shuffles down the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem. Along the way, he must confront the idea of faith: what he believes in, what he doesn’t, and why. One of the funniest, most erudite, and most inventive journalists of a generation charts a new path toward reconciliation with God, his Catholic upbringing, and perhaps most mysteriously, his mother.


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