Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.
In the time of Jesus, scholars believe that Nazareth was a poor Galilean village numbering about 400 souls. The people lived in caves, a mark of their poverty. The women folk, following the time-immemorial custom in the Middle East, would gather water at the town spring, situated several hundred meters from the towns cave dwellings.
A hundred years ago Nazareth had 7,000 residents. But today it is the largest Arab town in Israel, with a population of greater than 72,000.