This village is located south of Mount
Tabor, and built on the ruins of a Roman village, where
according to Luke, Jesus performed a miracle, bringing the
widow's son back to life.
Today, the site is called "Naim", an
Arab village which is located on the road to the city of
Afula, on the northern foosteps of the hill of Givat
Hamoreh. The site is most likely the village referred to
the New Testament, since it is located close to Mount
Tabor and Nazareth. Nain was inhabited in Jesus' day
and preserved the name.
The area of the village was
inhabited from the Middle Bronze period, according to
survey of ceramics in the graves around the village. It
was probably a continuation of the earlier site in Tell
Agol during the Hellenistic period (332-37BC). The village
reached its peak in the Roman and Byzantine periods
(37BC-640AD). The ancient village lays under the new
village, in the area of the new Church. According to some
ancient texts, the Roman village was surrounded by walls.
The photo shows the new Church,
built in 1880 over the ruins of the Roman village. In the
background, behind the church, is the city of Nazareth.
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Lk 7:11-16: "And it came to
pass the day after, that he went into a city called
Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much
people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city,
behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son
of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of
the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had
compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he
came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood
still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he
delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on
all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great
prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited
Jesus brings the
widow's son back to life in the village of Nain