Jesus of Nazareth – by Broadus

John A. Broadus stands tall in Southern Baptist history. He helped found the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, served as its second president, and taught there for thirty-six years. His work, On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, still serves seminary students as a classic in the field of homiletics. I recently placed one of his lesser known works online. He presented a series of lectures entitled “Jesus of Nazareth” at Johns Hopkins University in March of 1890.


Y’all are funny. “Nazareth” isn’t a place. It’s “ha-Nazaroth” — one of the “Nazarene” or “little fish” who take the Vow of the Nazarene of Rastafarian fame… Galillee is a place… a gaelic place (conquered by the first Judean King Herod little over 100 years before the supposed birth of Christ).


I believe you are mistaken.

Oxford Dictionary of the Bible

Nazareth. A town in S. Galilee approximately half-way between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean not mentioned in OT but described as the residence of Joseph and Mary (Luke 1:26 f.) and so of Jesus (Luke 2:4; 4:16). Excavations in 1955 revealed that the town was inhabited before the Christian era, and in 1961 an inscription found in Caesarea mentions Nazareth. It was a satellite town of Sepphoris, 6.5 km. (4 miles) away, and had a population when Jesus lived there of about 500. It was assumed in Judaea that ‘nothing good’ (John 1:46) could possibly come out of the Graeco-Jewish area of Galilee.

– W.R.F. Browning (NY: Oxford University Press, 1996)