“As attendance at the synagogue had became a regular routine of Jewish life, Jesus as a practicing Jew would visit regularly. As Luke tells us, Jesus – on a visit back to his home town of Nazareth – was in the synagogue on the Sabbath, as was his custom, and read out loud from the book of Isaiah. This scene, of a distinguished visitor being asked to read from one of the books of the prophets, could be repeated on a Sabbath in any synagogue today. Just as Jesus subsequently addressed the congregation, so too today it is normal for a visiting scholar or teacher to be asked to do the same.
The synagogue church has not been used for church services for over 100 years – since a new church was built next to it in 1887. It is now a place of mediation and private prayer for pilgrims who wish to remember Jesus, the Jewish teacher who grew up in Nazareth and returned there to give his message. Copyright Max Blackston 2015. All rights reserved.”
Having lived in Nazareth, I visited this Synagogue on more than one occasion.