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The question stems from this video. Additionally, I would like to know any books, articles and other credible sources that deals with this question for further reading*. Thank you for your time.

* History is not my field. I am not experienced in discerning whether a source is credible or not.

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John Dominic Crossan contends not that there is no Nazerth, but rather that Nazareth was simply a minor village on the outskirts of Sepphoris. Then again, JDC also contends the resurrection is just a happy thought, and not a real thing :) –  Affable Geek May 16 '13 at 19:15
    
@AffableGeek I also heard him say once that the story of Judas is "a very mean fiction." He took exception to the fact that Judas can mean Jew and accused the story to be antisemitic, therefore, obviously false and "mean" too. –  fredsbend May 16 '13 at 19:28
    
It would probably be best if this was migrated to History or Skeptics. –  curiousdannii 16 hours ago
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@curiousdannii You might have been right a year and a half ago. The system doesn't let us migrate anything older than 60 days, so these need to be caught and decided on early rather than late. At this point either it stands as on-topic or it doesn't, but the alternative is outright closure. –  Caleb 10 hours ago

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It's very easy to look back thousands of years, once time has had plenty of time to change things, and say that there's no evidence for something and so it must be false. But it's a very different matter when there aren't thousands of years in the way.

The Gospels were written in the first century AD, by people who experienced it personally, to their contemporaries, and they were believed. Now, miracles are one thing--believing in them takes faith, of course. But miracles aren't the only things in the Gospels.

If I wrote a supposedly non-fiction account about my own experiences living in the city of Blargsenberg, New Jersey, it wouldn't take long before someone looked at it and said "hey, there's no such city! This is a made-up story!" But the interesting thing is, there's no evidence of contemporaries rejecting the Gospels on the basis of them contradicting easily verifiable facts on non-miraculous claims.

In the video, the speaker suggests that if there was no such city as Nazareth, the entire Gospel narrative falls apart. But he does not seem to understand that if there was no such city as Nazareth, it would not have taken people 2000 years to realize that!

Occam's Razor cuts his argument to ribbons. Now, if no evidence for an ancient town matching the Biblical narrative exists on the present-day site known as Nazareth, a much more plausible explanation is that the present-day site is located in the wrong place.

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Thank you for your answer. It makes sense that people would have objections to the narrative in the Gospels that has to do with the city of Nazareth, if it did not exist at that time. However, I'm not familiar with Occam's Razor. I know the general idea after looking it up on Wikipedia. I would appreciate if you could elaborate further on what assumptions must one take to claim that Nazareth did not exist at the time of Jesus, as opposed to the opposite claim. It would help me understand the two opposite claims when dealt with Occam's Razor. Thank you for your time. –  user4167 May 17 '13 at 12:09
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@user4167: Occam's Razor is the concept that when faced with two explanations for something, the simpler explanation is the more probable one. We have two explanations here: either the Gospel writers invented a town that did not exist, and people who lived in the area believed the story and no one noticed that there was no such place as Nazareth until thousands of years later... or the town existed and we just haven't found the evidence of it in modern days. –  Mason Wheeler May 17 '13 at 17:15

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