A visit to Nazareth Village begins with a tour through four rooms with informational displays designed to enrich your understanding of the history of Nazareth Village and the life and times of Jesus.
In the first room, you will learn about what makes our site unique among other sights in the Land. Extensive archaeological excavations carried out by the University of the Holy Land's Center for the Study of Early Christianity, and other top scholars from around the world uncovered what was a first-century working farm and quarry.
After passing through a doorway from the Ottoman period, we peel back the layers of time in a photographic journey from the modern to the ancient city of Nazareth. Discover how Nazareth's position in the crossroads between Europe, Asia, and Africa establish the setting for Jesus' life and teachings.
In the room that follows, two life-size displays show the methods of punishment used by the ruling political and religious authorities that illuminate the stark contrast of Jesus' message of hope to the darkness of our world, both then and now.
Finally, a display of Joseph's home and workshop help you imagine Jesus' life as a young boy before he began his public ministry at the age of thirty. How did he come to understand his purpose and formulate his message? To usher you into The Parable Walk we read the words of the prophet Isaiah, recorded in the Gospel of Luke that Jesus read to summarize his ministry:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."