Who were the Nazarenes (Natsarim)?

The Nazarenes (Natsarim) originated as a sect of first-century Judaism. The first use of the term “sect of the Nazarenes (Natsarim)” is in the Book of Acts in the New Testament, where Paul is accused of being a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes (Natsarim) (“πρωτοστάτην τε τῆς τῶν Ναζωραίων αἱρέσεως”).

Then, the term simply designated followers of “Yeshua Natzri” (Jesus the Natsarim), as the Hebrew term נוֹצְרִי (nôṣrî) still does, but in the first to fourth centuries, the term was used for a sect of followers of Jesus who were closer to Judaism than most Christians. They are described by Epiphanius of Salamis and are mentioned later by Jerome and Augustine of Hippo.

The writers made a distinction between the Nazarenes (Natsarim) of their time and the “Natsarim” mentioned in Acts 24:5, where Paul the Apostle is accused before Felix at Caesarea (the capital of Roman Judaea) by Tertullus.

The Sect of the Nazarenes (Natsarim) (1st century)

The name Nazaraios is the standard Greek spelling in the New Testament for a man from Nazareth; the plural Nazaraioi means “men from Nazareth”.

The title Nazarenes, “men from Nazareth,” is first applied to the Christians by Tertullus (Acts 24:5), though Herod Agrippa II (Acts 26:28) uses the term “Christians” which had first been used at Antioch (Acts 11:26). The name used by Tertullus survives into Mishnaic and modern Hebrew as notzrim (נוצרים) a standard Hebrew term for “Christian”, and also into the Quran and modern Arabic as nasara (plural of nasrani “Christians”).

Tertullian (c. 160 – c. 220, Against Marcion, 4:8) records that the Jews called Christians “Nazarenes” from Jesus being a man of Nazareth, though he also makes the connection with Nazarites in Lamentations 4:7. Jerome too records that “Nazarenes” was employed of Christians in the synagogues. Eusebius, around 311 AD, records that the name “Nazarenes” had formerly been used of Christians. The use relating to a specific “sect” of Christians does not occur until Epiphanius. According to Ehrhardt, just as Antioch coined the term Christians, so Jerusalem coined the term Nazarenes, from Jesus of Nazareth.

The terms “sect of the Nazarenes” and “Jesus of Nazareth” both employ the adjective nasraya (ܕܢܨܪܝܐ) in the Syrian Aramaic Peshitta, from Nasrat (ܢܨܪܬ) for Nazareth.

How it applies to this site.

Specifically, this site is for those that do not want to be described as part of the Hebrew Roots Movement, Christians, or Messianics. 

If you follow Yahshuwah and walk in Torah, then you are a Nazarene and this is the place for you.

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