That all sounds pretty accurate. The supposed prophecy that he would be called a "Nazarene" was probably an oral tradition. It's not found in the Bible. It could be a play off the "netzer" (branch) of Isaiah 11:1.
Originally Posted by gilgal
The fulfillment of the prophecy about Bethlehem seems supsect. It looks like the NT writers might have made that up to fit the prophecy. The Jews in John's gospel thought that Christ came from Galilee and knew that would contradict the prophecy:
John 7:41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? 42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?If John knew that Jesus was from Bethlehem, it is odd that he didn't mention it in his gospel.
And Luke's story of the census causing Christ's parents to go to Bethlehem from their home in Nazareth seems like a story made up to place his birth in Bethlehem when it was commonly known that he grew up in Nazareth.
Luke 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.The contradictions between Matthew and Luke concerning the birth of Christ are quite striking. Luke knows nothing of any murder of the young boys or the flight to Egypt, and Matthew knows nothing of any census that caused Christ's parents to take a trip to Bethlehem. And just as Luke seems to invent a story to place Mary in Bethlehem at the time of Christ's birth, so Matthew seems to invent a story to explain why he moved from Bethlehem to Nazareth:
Matthew 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.Putting all these facts together, it seems to me that both Matthew and Luke made up stories to explain why Christ, who lived in Nazareth, was born in Bethlehem. It looks like they were making up stories to fit the prophecy.