Posted: Mar 11, 2015 5:09 am
by Agrippina
From Wikipedia:

James F. Strange, an American archaeologist, notes: "Nazareth is not mentioned in ancient Jewish sources earlier than the third century CE. This likely reflects its lack of prominence both in Galilee and in Judaea."[37] Strange originally calculated the population of Nazareth at the time of Christ as "roughly 1,600 to 2,000 people" but, in a subsequent publication, revised this figure down to "a maximum of about 480."[38] In 2009 Israeli archaeologist Yardenna Alexandre excavated archaeological remains in Nazareth that might date to the time of Jesus in the early Roman period. Alexandre told reporters, "The discovery is of the utmost importance since it reveals for the very first time a house from the Jewish village of Nazareth."[39] Other sources state that during Jesus's time, Nazareth had a population of 400 and one public bath, which was important for civic and religious purposes.

The Jews were writing their history before the Christians were making up nonsense to fit the story of the person they wanted as their god, since they didn't like the nasty, vengeful, genocidal one that the jews worshipped, so why not pick a small obscure town as his birthplace?

And happy birthday Paul. :cheers: