Jesus in Judea

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Robert Lindsey believed that there is sufficient evidence in Matthew, Mark and Luke to support the existence of Jesus' Judean ministry.

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Although he was born in Judea, Jesus grew up in the small Galilean village of Nazareth. Many scholars believe that the Synoptic Gospels contain little evidence that Jesus ever toured Judea. Robert Lindsey disagreed. He believed that there is sufficient evidence in Matthew, Mark and Luke to support the existence of a Judean ministry, and that Judea is the setting of many of the Gospel stories.

Where Was Nain?

One piece of evidence for Jesus’ Judean ministry is found in the story of the widow’s son at Nain. According to Luke’s account, the news that the widow’s son had been raised from the dead spread throughout Judea (Luke 7:17). The city in which the widow and her son lived, therefore, would seem to be the Nain of Judea rather than the Nain of Galilee.

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This article originally appeared in issue 2 of the Jerusalem Perspective magazine. Click on the image above to view a PDF of the original magazine article.

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