Words of Current Interest

The words in this issue are related to the Lesson-Sermon in the
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE QUARTERLY designated to be read
in Christian Science churches on September 15, 1968.

When he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue (Matt. 13:54)

The Greek word here referred to as the Master's "own country" is patris, which has a double meaning, describing either one's native country or one's native town or city. Strictly, of course, "Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa" (Matt. 2:1); although apparently the greater part of his early life was spent in Nazareth, in the northern province of Galilee. It is evident that the synagogue mentioned in Matthew 13:54 was that of Nazareth itself. The New English Bible reads, "Jesus . . . came to his home town, where he taught the people in their synagogue."

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