Nazareth. Church Synagogue
Note: Visiting this Christian shrine is not included in all excursion routes. But it always follows after a visit to the Church of the Annunciation. Therefore, I consider it appropriate to explain how to get to it. After leaving the Temple, you need to go to the entrance to the Arab market (about 50 meters). Log in to it. Walk along the main aisle, turn left into the first aisle, turn right after 20-30 meters, and after about 15 meters, on the right side, you will find the gate leading to the Greek Catholic Church. Enter and to your left is the entrance to the Synagogue Church. If it is closed, ring the bell, after a while a minister will come out who, at your request, will open the door for you.
“For about six years, probably, like all children, I went to school at the Nazareth Synagogue. Sitting on the floor around the scroll of the Law, the children repeated the same verse of Scripture after the teacher … until they memorized it. Probably, little Yeshua also merged his children’s voice with this choir. And from the age of twelve, he already went on Saturdays to the synagogue, “the house of assembly,” to pray with adults, listen to the sermon and Aramaic translation of the Scriptures.
“… The inside of the synagogue is very simple: a large chamber with bare, smooth, white walls, with a double row of columns, with wooden benches for worshipers and a stone high platform facing the Jerusalem Temple – from here, from Nazareth, right at noon. The door after Tebutu was also facing at noon and, for the most part, open to the light. A short cabinet with folding doors, a humble likeness of the Ark of the Covenant, where the parchment scrolls of Law were kept on two sticks, was right there, on the tebut, and in front of the cabinet there was a table with high legs, with a slanted reading board. ”
Dm Merezhkovsky, “Jesus the Unknown”
“And he came to Nazareth, where he was raised, and entered, as usual, on the Sabbath day into the synagogue and stood up to read. He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah, and He opened the book and found a place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me: for He anointed Me to preach the poor and sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach the captives liberation, blind enlightenment, release the tormented to freedom. To preach the favorable summer of the Lord. ” And closing the book and giving it to the minister, he sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them: Now this scripture that you heard is fulfilled. And all testified to him, and marveled at the words of grace that proceeded from his mouth, and said: Is this not Joseph’s son? He told them: of course, you will tell me the saying: doctor! Heal Yourself; do here, in Your homeland, what we heard was in Capernaum. And he said: Verily I say unto you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. ”
Luke 4: 16/24
The church is located in a place defined by Christian tradition as where the synagogue where Yeshua studied was located. The current structure, most likely, was built on the foundations of a church of the Crusader period, but this cannot be stated with complete obviousness. I am sure that this is not of such fundamental importance. The important thing is that it was somewhere here, and the internal atmosphere of the Church-Synagogue indicates this with all certainty. There is almost no design whatsoever except for a stone table standing on a small elevation and benches along the walls. On the right, in the wall, a niche is carved, where the Torah scrolls are stored behind the curtain, as they were stored in the time of Jesus.
Location: Nazareth, Lower Arab City. Entrance on highway No. 60 from Afula, No. 75, 79 from Haifa, local road No. 754 from Cana of Galilee. On the territory of the urban Arab market.
Getting there: bus number 331, minibus number 331 Haifa – Nazareth. Egged buses from any city in Israel.
Visiting hours: Mon By Sub .: from 08:30 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 17:00. Except Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Sunday closed.
The entrance is free. Donations at your own discretion.
Additional information: if the church is closed – call and wait for the minister. Parking information – see the essay Nazareth. “Temple of the Annunciation.” Photo shooting is allowed.