When Jesus called the first disciple-apostles… they probably weren’t strangers.
When Jesus grew up, his home town was Nazareth in Galilee. Where is that, exactly? As you can see on these maps (one of Ancient Israel and the other of Modern Israel), it’s in the northern section of the country, west of the lower part of the Sea of Galilee.
Nazareth was one of those towns occupied by a mixture of people from many different places, not well thought of by the more elite. Being close to a trade route, travelers coming and going would stop here and some settled here. Some probably even intermarried into local families. Quite a lot is known about this little sort of disreputable town, home town of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus.
If you’re interested in learning more about the town in Jesus’ day, click on the link, http://www.bible-history.com/geography/ancient-israel/nazareth.html
What interested me is how close Nazareth is to everywhere else in Israel. Now, as then…
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