Hill Of Precipitation Near Nazareth, Israel

by David Padfield

Hill Of Precipitation in Nazareth


The city of Nazareth, the boyhood home of our Lord, was situated between two hills, or in a vale among mountains. Nazareth, though not built on the ridge of a hill, is in part surrounded by one to the west, having several precipices.

On one occassion at Nazareth, Jesus "went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read" (Luke 4:16). After His reading and exhortation the audience was "filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff" (Luke 4:28-29). What angered the audience was His apparent compliment to the Gentiles, including Naaman the Syrian (2 Kings 5:1ff).

The Hill of Precipitation is located south of Nazareth. According to tradition, this was the hill from which the people of Nazareth attempted to throw Jesus off.