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"...the city of Nazareth was inhabited by families from the royal line of David from which the Messiah was to come. The name of the city comes from the Hebrew word for a branch or sprout, netzer...Isaiah 11:1 predicts the coming of the Messiah. 'A shoot will come from the stump of Jesse, from his roots a Branch (netzer) will bear fruit.'

"...One can quite justly assume that Nazara--Nazareth (Little Nezer) acquired its name from a Davidic clan, that presumably came from Babylon around the year 100 B.C."

"...Nazareth was only a village of about 150 people at the time. It may be that the inhabitants had some arrogance attached to their Davidic lineage that was despised by other Galileans."

--Paul Wallace, John's Rabbi (kindle book)

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