School of Divinity
Religion: Biblical Studies
Matthew, Nazarene, Nazareth, Apostolic Hermeneutic, Nazirite, Old Testament Fulfillment
West, Dylan, "A Holistic Approach to Jesus the Nazarene in Matthew 2:23" (2018). Senior Honors Theses. 752.
In Matthew 2:23 Jesus is said to have fulfilled what the prophets spoke when he and his family moved to Nazareth, that he shall be called a Nazarene. Due to the uniqueness of this term and the town of Nazareth being found nowhere in the Old Testament, multiple views have been proposed. These views include Jesus of the despised town of Nazareth, Jesus as a Nazirite, and Jesus as the branch from Isaiah 11:1. Each of these views propose their own interpretation of this Old Testament citation. However, these views often do not acknowledge the possibility of multiple meanings intended by Matthew, thus ignoring the depth and purpose behind Matthew’s portrayal of Jesus as the one who fulfills the Old Testament Scriptures.