Family Joys in Nazareth
Yeshua and Miriam live four peaceful years in Nazareth. During this
time, Miriam gives birth to two children: first to a son they name Uriel
and then to a daughter they name Dara. Yeshua becomes very adept working
with all manners of wood and Miriam with the spinning of fabrics.
Together, they plant a wondrous garden where they grow a great variety
and abundance of fruits and vegetables that they sell. Once Yeshua’s
brother Yakov is engaged to be married, his obligation as the eldest son
to provide for the family is fulfilled, and Yeshua and Miriam prepare to
leave with their children for Egypt.
1 As he was the eldest son,
Yeshua determined to remain in Nazareth, working with his brothers as a
carpenter until such time as his brother Yakov had married and could
take up the responsibilities of overseeing the affairs of the family
with their younger brothers: Yosef, Simon, and Yudas.
2 So it was that Yeshua and
Miriam remained in Nazareth for four years, and Miriam gave birth to a
son, Uriel, for he was born in the summer sun and the light of God
shined on him from the heavens, and to a daughter, Dara, for she showed
the wisdom of God, who balanced the spirit of the son with the spirit of
3 And Yeshua and Miriam were
content. They lived with their children as the other humble families in
Nazareth did: playing with them, laughing with them, and delighting in
their every new expression and accomplishment.
4 Yeshua became an expert
carpenter, adept in all manner of woodwork, from fashioning plows and
yokes to carving chairs and boxes. And Miriam visited the elderly master
weaver of Nazareth often and became adept in the spinning and weaving of
fabrics. Together, they grew a great variety and abundance of fruits and
vegetables, which they sold. And the greenness and vitality of their
garden was a wonder known beyond the boundaries of Nazareth.
5 Visitors from distant places
continued to journey to Nazareth to speak with Yeshua, and friends and
kinsfolk in the town continued to gather on starlit evenings to hear
Yeshua speak with the visitors.
6 And it came to pass that
several learned Greeks visited, prompted by inexplicable urgings, and
they marveled at how quickly Yeshua was a master of their language and
writing. It was from this time forth that some began to call him by the
name which the Greeks did: Iesous of Nazareth.
7 Yeshua continually bade his
visitors not to speak of him in Galilee or Judea, and his friends and
family knew this already.
8 Now many of the teachings that
were spoken by Yeshua after he was married and lived in Nazareth during
this time are written in the book of his brother Shimon.
9 Yeshua did not do many miracles
during this time, for many in Nazareth had not the faith to manifest a
miracle, for they knew Yeshua too casually from his childhood and could
not see him in his glory.
10 During their years in
Nazareth, Yeshua drew very close to Miriam, his wife, such that they
were often together and in ways not accustomed to the people of Nazareth
or Israel; she sat in councils with him, and he honored her; she spoke
only as men were accustomed to speaking, and she did not wear a veil in
11 And for this, some murmured
against Yeshua, even some of his friends, saying, “He is breaking the
law to allow his wife such privilege as is given only to men and to
allow her to go forth without a veil and a cloak.”
12 Then some who were upset with
him spoke to the priests of the area concerning this matter and the
priests were wroth at the privileges Yeshua gave to Miriam and began to
plot against him.
13 And it came to pass that at
the beginning of the fifth year of Yeshua and Miriam’s life in Nazareth,
his brother Yakov was wed to Susanna and thus was fulfilled that which
Yeshua had waited for.
14 By early spring, Yeshua and
Miriam and their children made ready to depart from his family and
kinsfolk and friends to journey to the land of Egypt.