Nazarene: This epithet (Gr. Nazaraios) is applied to Christ only once
In all other cases the word is rendered "of Nazareth"
(Mark 1:24; 10:47)
(14:67) etc. When this Greek designation was at first applied to our
Lord, it was meant simply to denote the place of his residence. In
course of time the word became a term of reproach. Thus the word
"Nazarene" carries with it an allusion to those prophecies which
speak of Christ as "despised of men"
(Isaiah 53:3) Some, however, think
that in this name there is an allusion to the Hebrew netser, which
signifies a branch or sprout. It is so applied to the Messiah
i.e., he whom the prophets called the Netse, the "Branch." The
followers of Christ were called "the sect of Nazarenes"
(Acts 24:5) All
over Palestine and Syria this name is still given to Christians.