Under a convent near the modern Basilica of the Annunciation, lies an ancient home, possibly first century, which archaeologists are considering possibly the home of Jesus’ family. Here is a link to an article about the work of archaeologist Ken Dark there.
What makes this a real possibility is that clearly no one would make up the notion that a messianic figure came from this town in Galilee. There were no prophecies about it, and yet consistently Jesus is identified in the Gospels as Jesus of Nazareth, and even the skepticism about such a locale shows up in John’s Gospel when Nathaniel famously says ‘can anything good come out of Nazareth’ the ancient equivalent to me saying ‘can anything good come out of Chittlin Switch N.C.’. So this material is worth studying and now Dark has published a book about the excavations of the higher and lower levels of this spot. I have visited this convent and we were allow to look through a grate down to the bottom of the excavation which was ongoing at the time. As the article says….. this would provide yet more evidence that the mythicists have no leg to stand on, especially at Christmas. Jesus was a real person, a real Galilean Jew…….. and frankly his coming changed the world.