Nazareth comes from the Hebrew word that means “offshoot”, like the beginning of a new tree:
It is named this because no one had lived here since the Assyrians swept through and destroyed everything and the Babylonians took the people captive.
So when Joseph and Mary moved here, it was a tiny village of less than 200 people. It was so small that Josephus doesn’t even list it, even though he himself was from Galilee.
Now it is the biggest Arab city in Israel:
We took a minute to stop at “the precipice”, the traditional site where the people tried to trow Jesus off a cliff after he announced in the Nazareth synagogue that he was the fulfillment of the Isaiah prophecies.
“Stoning” was not just throwing rocks at someone, but they would first throw the person off a cliff and then throw the stones to finish the job and bury the body. The cliff was usually a place away from town because of the smell of the body and animals that would come. So this is the cliff across from Nazareth that was where the town would “stone” those who were condemned, and the place from which Jesus escaped because it was not yet his time.