Kulturarven frå Nasaret

Nasaret er ein viktig by i den kristne tradisjonen vår. Det var her inkarnasjonen skjedde. Det var her Jesus vaks opp. Slik sett finn me nokre viktige røter for kulturen vår i denne byen i Galilea nord i Israel.

Bildet viser den store Bodskapskyrkja i Nasaret.

Catholic.net har eit referat frå kollokviet Nazareth: Archeology, History, and Cultural Patrimony som nyleg blei halden (21.-24. nov 2010).

Her er eit utdrag:

In the opening address of the colloquium, Bishop Marcuzzo said that the richness and variety of the biblical, spiritual, cultural and historical dimensions of the city have only been explored by a very reduced number of its inhabitants, researchers and pilgrims.

He added that Nazareth, with its prehistoric archeology and its modern European constructions, the first Judeo-Christian church and the crusades up to the Ottoman period, also represents for the Church a source and origin, as the place of the Incarnation.

Though Nazareth is known by the whole world and has great symbolic content, its immense patrimony continues to be a buried treasure.

The prelate reflected the enthusiasm of all the participants given Nazareth’s richness, of which he said people must become aware.

More than 20 participants — Christians, Jews and Muslims — gave interventions at the colloquium.

Among them was Franciscan Father Eugenio Alliata, archeologist of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum of Jerusalem; Pierre Perrier, specialist in Eastern oral traditions in the Gospel; and Renzo Ravagnan, professor of the Veneto Institute for Cultural Goods, which has restored many places of Nazareth, including the Grotto of the Annunciation.

The experts presented the spatial and historical dimensions of Nazareth. They also addressed the present state and future plan of the archeological excavations, a plan for tourism, historical and artistic studies on the present basilica and the old church, the unknown pages of the 20th century history, the still mysterious origin of the name Nazareth and its numerous derivatives.

The meeting also included a visit guided by Sharif Safadi to some of the local treasures, among them the 1st century Tomb of the Righteous, the facades and interiors of the great traditional Ottoman mansions, and Mary’s Fountain (emblem of the city).

The tour ended in a house, discovered last year near the International Mary of Nazareth Center, which dated back to Jesus’ time. On behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, the director of the excavations, Yardenna Alexandre, said that the house can be dated without a doubt to the 1st century.

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