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In the December 4, 2016, Bible Study Lesson 1, the description of Nazareth needs clarification. To underscore that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, please replace the existing wording with the wording below:
Nazareth. The Bible presents Nazareth as an unimportant town, aside from being the birthplace of Jesus’ mother, Mary. It is often described as a ghetto of sorts. Being located in Lower Galilee, it was not bustling with business, and the inhabitants were not held in high regard. One of Jesus’ future disciples raises the question, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” (John 1:46, NLT).
All four Gospels mention Nazareth in different contexts, though only in connection with Jesus. Matthew 2:23 highlights Jesus’ association with Nazareth as a fulfillment of prophecy. Luke points out that Joseph and Mary had to travel from Nazareth, Joseph’s hometown, to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born (2:3–4), to register for a census. Mark mentions Nazareth during Jesus’ baptism (1:9), and John presents Jesus via messianic fulfillment and home of origin (1:45).