Hi Richard. I've been intrigued with Nazoreans and/or Nazarenes aligning with or having been followers of those 'worthy' of being Nazarites. I'm also intrigued that you suggest that its more likely the NZR comes from Egyptian roots for "prince". Nazirite/Nazarite, which comes from nazir (which, in turn, comes from net.ser, or NSR/NZR), can mean (i) under a vow; (ii) consecrated; (iii) vow of 'separation'; or (iv) crowned eg. Judges 13:1-7 And ne.tser (etc) = a branch; a shoot; a descendant Natzeret = ne.tser (or a variant such as NSR) plus the feminine ending, designated by the letter Tav; and Nazeroth is the feminine-plural. However, - "One of the arguments against Nazareth really being the name behind the term Nazarene is that Nazarene is spelled with a Greek zeta, suggesting a Hebrew zayin behind it, not a tsade, which is what we find in the inscription. It is this mismatch between the tsade and the zeta that suggests that Nazareth is not what lies behind the sect of the Nazarenes in the first place." http://www.earlywritings.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=91040#p91040 I still think that with Natzeret <=> ne.tser + a Tav, and Nazeroth being the feminine-plural, Nazareth is likely to named after the Nazoreans and/or Nazarenes (or another variation). There's also 'na·ṣar'/natsar/ - נָצַר - means "to watch" (c.f. 'netser', said to mean "branch"); hence 'Natsarith' means watchtower, and 'Natsarim' are 'watchmen' Nazareth is in a small basin on a hill/range (and from a nearly ridge apparently one can look out over plains towards the Sea of Galilee) There is also a view there is a passive meaning of 'preserved, protected' in reference to its secluded position - RH Mounce, "Nazareth", in The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, GW Bromiley (ed), Vol 3: Eerdmans, 1986; pp 500–1 'Gennetsaret' = 'vale of Netsar' and is said to refer to the whole district. Interestingly, I also have that exact passage from Wikipedia in some notes, but I have it as Tertullian (c. 160 – c. 220, Against Marcion, 4:8) recorded that the Christ of the Creator had to be called a Nazarene, though he [also] makes the connection with Nazarites in Lamentations 4:7. So it looks like someone has edited it from what I have to what is there now; and I'm always suspicious when I see Christ rather than Jesus, as I think that could reflect a period when or somewhere 'He' was a 'more nebulous' entity, before Jesus predominated. I think it's a distinct possibility that Nazareth did not exist in the early 1st C. some fairly full, descriptive texts like Adversus Judaeos do not have reference to Nazareth, but have things like - "He was from the native soil of Bethlehem, and from the house of David; as, among the Romans, Mary is described in the census, of whom is born Christ", and "proceed from Bethlehem" a couple of of times. Of course Jesus is said to have been born in Bethlehem, but it gives the impression the author of that work may not have know he was [supposed to be] from Nazareth.