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Anti-Missionary Study Hall
AMSH - Article- Jesus - Man of Nazareth

Jesus - Man of Nazareth  
Leo Onbindiro

We all know that jesus is known as the man of Nazareth. The hebrew word for Nazareth is "Natzeres" (nun-tzadik-resh-tuv). I've even hearn christians expound upon the meaning of this as being a reference to the verse "And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse, and a twig (netzer) shall grow forth out of his roots. Isa. 11:1".  
Well, today I stumbled upon an interesting phrase: "ooNitzoras Lev", which in context is translated as "Seizing of Heart" or, as some christians translate it, "wily of heart". Well, when I saw that phrase I was immediately struck by the recognition that the word "ooNitzoras" can also be read as "ooNatzeres", rendering the verse to mean, "of a Nazarian Heart" - which could easily be understood as meaning a person who embodies Christian values. Hmm. I wonder what that verse is talking about, I wondered to myself. So, I looked it up. It's from Proverbs 7:10. Here's what I found:  
"1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. 2 Keep my commandments and live, and my teaching as the apple of thine eye. 3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thy heart. 4 Say unto wisdom: 'Thou art my sister', and call understanding thy kinswoman; 5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the alien woman that maketh smooth her words. 6 For at the window of my house I looked forth through my lattice; 7 And I beheld among the thoughtless ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, 8 Passing through the street near her corner, and he went the way to her house; 9 In the twilight, in the evening of the day, in the blackness of night and the darkness. 10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of a harlot, and wily of heart [ooNatzeres lev]. 11 She is riotous and rebellious, her feet abide not in her house; 12 Now she is in the streets, now in the broad places, and lieth in wait at every corner. 13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face she said unto him: 14 'Sacrifices of peace-offerings were due from me; this day have I paid my vows. 15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, to seek thy face, and I have found thee. ...  
21 With her much fair speech she causeth him to yield, with the blandishment of her lips she enticeth him away. 22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox that goeth to the slaughter, or as one in fetters to the correction of the fool; 23 Till an arrow strike through his liver; as a bird hasteneth to the snare-- {N} and knoweth not that it is at the cost of his life. 24 Now therefore, O ye children, hearken unto me, and attend to the words of my mouth. 25 Let not thy heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. 26 For she hath cast down many wounded; yea, a mighty host are all her slain. 27 Her house is the way to the nether-world, going down to the chambers of death. {P}" (as per the translation.)  
Wow! I looked in the artscroll to see what they said the text was about, the answer: the evil inclination, and specifically that of heresy. (The artscroll also explained that the verse about the "peace-offering", a type of sacrifice brought in the temple, was her way of tempting him to follow her home. as if to make him think that he'd be doing a good thing by partaking of a sacrifice.)  
Wow! - Here we have a text which refers to a "harlot" that will lead many astray (v.26), who is described as having a "Nazarian Heart" - and the whole thing is an allegory for a type of heresy!! And even more so, how does she tempt the man into her clutches? She tells him that he'll be partaking of a sacrifice -- uncannily similar to the Christian lure that "you gotta believe in Jesus because he is the final sacrifice."  
Final Conclusion: "Coincidence? I think not."  
The next time someone is expounding upon the significance of "man of nazareth" i'll have a good answer for them!

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