sect of the Nazarenes

Acts 24:5

24:5 sect of the Nazarenes. This is the only place in the Bible where Christians are called Nazarenes, no doubt to capitalize on the common prejudicial proverb: “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46). In fact, the charges presented by Tertullus were intentionally loaded with prejudicial language—“pestilent,” “sedition,” “ringleader,” “sect,” “profane”—intended obviously to prejudice Felix against Paul.

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