- "[Joseph, Mary and Jesus] went to live in Nazareth, so that what the prophets had said, namely that He would be a 'Nazorean'/'Nazarene', was fulfilled"
Matthew's prophecy is often linked to Isaiah's, although Isaiah's prophecy only gives "branch", as ne·tser. There are four other OT messianic prophecies where the word for branch is given as tze·mach.
Tertullian's passage in Against Marcion IV.8 -
- "The Christ of the Creator had to be called a Nazarene according to prophecy; and this is why the Jews also designate us, on that very account"
Is it a fore-runner to the development of Matt 2:23?