Potent Ponderables: Jesus- The Lost Years

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!

2 thoughts on “Potent Ponderables: Jesus- The Lost Years

  1. These things are fun to think about. But any answers suggested would be wild speculation. Deuteronomy 29:29 – “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.” The secret things will remain secret. What He has given to us is all we need for life and godliness. I always enjoy reading your articles. Take care, brother.

    • That is all this is: pure speculation. I would never dream of passing any of it off as ‘Gospel Truth.’ They are just questions that I wonder if we will ever know the answers to, but I am content in knowing that we have all the information we NEED to know. Thanks for the encouraging words brother!

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