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Meaning of NAZARENE

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Naz`a*rene"\, n. [L. Nazarenus, Gr. ?, fr. ?
Nazareth.]
1. A native or inhabitant of Nazareth; -- a term of contempt
   applied to Christ and the early Christians.

2. (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect of Judaizing Christians in the
   first and second centuries, who observed the laws of
   Moses, and held to certain heresies.

 
Easton Bible Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

This epithet (Gr. Nazaraios) is applied to Christ only once (Matt. 2:23). In all other cases the word is rendered "of Nazareth" (Mark 1:24; 10:47; 14:67, etc.). When this Greek designation was at first applied to our Lord, it was meant simply to denote the place of his residence. In course of time the word became a term of reproach. Thus the word "Nazarene" carries with it an allusion to those prophecies which speak of Christ as "despised of men" (Isa. 53:3). Some, however, think that in this name there is an allusion to the Hebrew _netser_, which signifies a branch or sprout. It is so applied to the Messiah (Isa. 11:1), i.e., he whom the prophets called the _Netse_, the "Branch."

The followers of Christ were called "the sect of Nazarenes" (Acts 24:5). All over Palestine and Syria this name is still given to Christians. (See NAZARETH.)

 

 

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