Before I came here, I wondered if there were practicing carpenters in this town now like Jesus’s earthly stepfather.
Turns out woodwork is very much part of Nazareth’s businesses today, although it is an Arab city – there are Jews that live in a closeby town called Nazareth Illit (‘Upper’ in Hebrew) which is a modern place only around since the 1950s.
This is one of fourteen carpentry shops, fairly standard sort of methods and tools, with lathes, routers and jigsaws.
Usual kind of woodwork, interior doors, shelves, coffins (!) etc.
The panels on these doors look extremely precisely done.
The wooden nativity sets popular with tourists made of olive wood often seen for sale tend to be made in Bethlehem though.
1. Arrival at the city – 2. Staying in the old city – 3. The modern day Nazarene carpenter – 4. Where Jesus first preached – 5. Religious vehicles in Nazareth – 6. Mary’s Well and the Bath house – 7. The precipice – 8. On top of the Precipice hill – 9. More old city streets and market – 10. The spice shop – 11. Churches from A to Z or Alpha to Omega – 12. The Basilica church – 13. Easter service at the Basilica