Random Quote #68 topic: atheism, Wayne Aiken's atheism cookie file

"Mark's declaration that Jesus came from the dispersion (nazareth), meaning
the worldwide community of Jews outside Judaea (equivalent to diaspora),
was misinterpreted by Matthew and Luke to mean that he came from a city
called Nazareth [to fulfill prophesy]. In fact the term nazarite, or
nazoraios, had nothing to do with any city of Nazareth, since no such place
existed until the fifth century CE when one was built by a Christian Emperor
to whom the nonexistence of Jesus' alleged hometown was an embarrassment.
(Although the site of Nazareth was occupied in the first century, there is
no evidence of any village named Nazareth earlier than the fifth century....)"
[William Harwood, _Mythology's Last Gods:
Yahweh and Jesus_ (Prometheus), p. 260]


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