The Later Childhood of Jesus

ALTHOUGH Jesus might have enjoyed a better opportunity for schooling at Alexandria than in Galilee, he could not have had such a splendid environment for working out his own life problems with a minimum of educational guidance, at the same time enjoying the great advantage of constantly contacting with such a large number of all classes of men and women hailing from every part of the civilized world. Had he remained at Alexandria, his education would have been directed by Jews and along exclusively Jewish lines. At Nazareth he secured an education and received a training which more acceptably prepared him to understand the gentiles, and which gave him a better and more balanced idea of the relative merits of the Eastern, or Babylonian, and the Western, or Hellenic, views of Hebrew theology.

--Presented by the Midwayer Commission, from the Urantia Papers.

Jesus' Ninth Year (A.D. 3)
Though it could hardly be said that Jesus was ever seriously ill, he did have some of the minor ailments of childhood this year, along with his brothers and baby sister.

The Tenth Year (A.D. 4)
Late this year he had a fishing experience of two months with his uncle on the Sea of Galilee...

The Eleventh Year (A.D. 5)
Throughout this year the lad continued to make trips away from home with his father...

The Twelfth Year (A.D. 6)
Throughout this year he experienced many seasons of uncertainty, if not actual doubt, regarding the nature of his mission.

His Thirteenth Year (A.D. 7)
In this year the lad of Nazareth passed from boyhood to the beginning of young manhood; his voice began to change, and other features of mind and body gave evidence of the oncoming status of manhood.

The Journey to Jerusalem
Jesus, having now reached the threshold of young manhood and having been formally graduated from the synagogue schools, was qualified to proceed to Jerusalem with his parents to participate...

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