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Christmas History: Priests of Nazareth

The Palestinian Jews were enslaved by the Romans in 4 BCE . Herod’s descendants were executed by the Zealots, a group of Jewish bandits who recognized the old bloodline of priests. Emporer Titus then destroyed the Temple of Jerusalem. The Jews were expelled from Jerusalem in 135 CE. and the surviving priests resettled in Galilean towns. Archaelogical evidence from a stone in 300 C.E. claims the eighteenth priestly sect lived in Nazareth. (3)

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