Tabor Bookshelf: Archaeology of Jesus’ Nazareth

Ken Dark, Archaeology of Jesus’ Nazareth (Oxford, 2023) (Kindle link),  is a marvelous little “must have” volume for anyone interested in the a readable summary of the evidence. The archaeology of ancient 1st century CE Nazareth has been controversial over the years, with some even claiming there was no such village of that name in the time of Jesus, given it is only mentioned in the New Testament (Mark 1:9; Luke 1:26; 4:6, John 1:45, et al.) Ken Dark has been at the forefront of the debate, focusing on the subterranean levels under the Sisters of Nazareth convent site, which I have visited, as well as other remains around the Church of the Annunciation complex. Dark has published previous academic books which I also own, including The Sisters of Nazareth Convent: A Roman-period, Byzantine, and Crusader site in central Nazareth (The Palestine Exploration Fund Annual) (Routledge, 2022) (Hardcover and Kindle links), but this 2023 Oxford volume serves as a comprehensive summary of the whole. I highly recommend this book for every Christian Origins library.

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