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Nein (Arabic: نين, Na'in, lit. Charming, Hebrew: ניין, called in English Bibles Nain or Naim) is an
Arab village in Israel that forms part of the Bustan al-Marj Regional Council in the Lower Galilee.
Located 14 kilometers (9 mi) south of Nazareth, Nein covers a land area of approximately 1,000
dunums. Its total land area consisted of 3,737 dunums prior to 1962. According to the Israeli
Central Bureau of Statistics, Nein had a population 1,600 in 2005. The city hall for the Bustan
al-Marj Regional Council is located in Nein.
Nein lies a short distance from Mount Tabor. A hill known in Arabic as Tell el-Ajul lay on the
path that ran between Nein and nearby Indur, an Arab village destroyed in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.
 While Edward Robinson describes Nein as lying on the northern slope of a hill called, "the
little Hermon," and it is described in biblical guidebooks as lying at the foot of the Hill of
Biblical associations -
Edward Robinson (scholar) and Eli Smith, who visited Palestine in the mid-19th century, identify
Nein as, "the Nain of the New Testament," where, according to the Bible's (Gospel of Luke 7:11-17),
Jesus resurrected a young man.
According to Luke, a widow, who was living in Galilee, had lost her sole remaining son, and thus all
she had to live for. When Jesus saw the dead son being carried out and the mourning widow, he felt
compassion for her. He walked towards the stretcher, touched it, and told the man: "Young man, I say
to you, rise!" The man came alive, sat up, and began to speak. The people who were standing around
were all very struck by the event, and the report of it spread widely around the region.
Nein is mentioned in the writing of Eusebius (c. 263–339) and Jerome (c. 347 – 420) as being
situated near Endor (Indur). Its identity as a biblical site was recognized by the Crusaders, who
built a church there to commemorate the site of the miracle, a church rebuilt by the Fransciscans.
 Nein has been visited by many travellers and pilgrims since. Robinson and Smith also note
that Nein decreased in size over the ages, and was at their time of writing but a small hamlet,
inhabited by only a few families.
Na`in is the site of a Byzantine Church that commemorated
Jesus` first raising of a human from the dead; the
Franciscans built a new Church in the last century. (Israel
Minister of Tourism)
11 Soon afterward he went to a city called Nain, and his
disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12 As he drew
near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was
being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a
widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. 13 And
when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to
her, “Do not weep.” 14 And he came and touched the bier, and
the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to
you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up, and began to speak.
And he gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all; and
they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen
among us!” and “God has visited his people!” 17 And this
report concerning him spread through the whole of Judea and
all the surrounding country.
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