Nazareth, Pennsylvania

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Nazareth is a borough in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The population was 6,023 at the 2000 census.

Nazareth is located seven miles (11 km) northwest of Easton, four miles north of Bethlehem and twelve miles northeast of Allentown. It is located in the center of Northampton County, and is part of Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley region.

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History

Origins of Name

The borough is named for the Biblical town of Nazareth, where Jesus Christ resided in His youth. The names of other places in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania are similarly inspired, including Bethlehem, Emmaus, Egypt, and Allentown's Jordan Creek.

Moravian History

Nazareth was founded in 1740 by wandering Moravian immigrants who had been commissioned by George Whitefield to build a school for orphaned black children. The Moravian were evicted from Nazareth over a doctrinal dispute with Whitefield, but when his original project went bankrupt, the Moravians purchased the property and returned to continue developing the settlement.

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