This edition of Potent Ponderables are questions that are centered around the ‘missing’ years of Jesus’ life, namely age 2-12 and age 12-30 (age 12 is when He was left behind at the Temple). I realize some of these may stray from traditional teachings concerning Jesus, but I can’t help but wonder.
- We know your parents were poor when you were born, but did they remain that way? Was Joseph ever a successful businessman?
- How perfect were you? I know you were sinless, but did you ever stub a toe? Hit your thumb with a hammer? Trip up after a growth spurt?
- When did you ‘know’ you were born to die?
- Did your siblings ever get jealous of you?
- Did you speak with the country drawl of a Galileean?
- When you were brought to the Temple at the age of twelve, what were the questions the Rabbis asked? Was this an informal interview to get into a rabbinical school?
- How old were you when Joseph died?
- Did you follow in your step-father’s footsteps and become a carpenter, or did you study under a Rabbi? (note: Jesus is never called a carpenter, He is called the carpenter’s son.)
- If you went to Rabbinical school was it in Nazareth or Jerusalem?
- Did you study under Gamaliel? Is this why he is the lone voice of reason among the Sanhedrin in the book of Acts?
- If you studied under Gamaliel, did you know the boy Saul of Tarsus?
- If you went to Rabbinical school in Jerusalem, did you feel the sting of prejudice for being from a ‘rural, backwoods, uneducated’ part of your country? Were you teased? Were you bullied?
- Were you a good student, or were you ‘unconventional’, resulting in being viewed as behind the other students in academic acumen?
- How many of your eventual Apostles were in your social circle growing up?
- How did Mary know you could ‘fix’ the lack of wine at the wedding in Cana? Had you performed a miracle before this one?
That’s all I have for this week. Feel free to leave comments or other questions below!