And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth. Matthew claims this was a fulfillment of manyprophets, who said,He shall be called a Nazarene.No such prophecy can be found in the Old Testament. However, several of the prophets call HimBranch(Isa. 4:2; 11:1; Jer. 23:5; 33:15; Zec. 3:8; 6:12). The root of the word Nazareth isNetzer, which means branch, and is also related to Hebrew words meaning consecrated (a Nazarite), Sufferer, and Despised. See John 1:46.