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In the latest issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) there is an article titled “Has Jesus’ Nazareth House Been Found” (vol. 41, #2, pp. 54-63) Of course, an article with that title is bound to be read, raising one’s curiosity to be sure.

In the 2006 there was a concerted effort to reexamine an excavated site where the “Sisters of Nazareth Convent” currently exists. It was soon discovered that this archaeological site contained much: church structures, Roman tombs, a small quarry and a rectilinear structure (rectilinear means the structure was “characterized by straight lines”). It was this last that pique the interests of the archaeological team.

The dating of the Roman tombs was confirmed to be that of the first century, wherein it has been surmised the rectilinear lines are actually older than the first century, but not by much and, moreover, this structure and that which was found “suggested domestic occupation.” Was Jesus’ house found?

As fascinating as this is, there is no way to know and, in truth, it does not really matter. It is not where Jesus lived physically that is of any great significance—though that would quite interesting to volumes of people (including me). What is of greater interest is where He lives now (cf. Col. 3:16).

The closing paragraph of this article reads: “Was this the house where Jesus grew up? It is impossible to say on archaeological grounds. On the other hand, there is no good archaeological reason why such an identification should be discounted. What we can say is that this building was probably where the Byzantine church builders believed Jesus had spent his childhood in Nazareth” (p. 63).

Interesting, but not of great spiritual importance in one’s walk with God. That Jesus lived in Nazareth is incontrovertible, but is it incontrovertible that He lives in you?

Ultimately, what is learned, is that some new information and understanding surrounding Nazareth has come into existence, and Bible Dictionaries will have to be updated.