A boy named Jesus

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Ulysses Press, 1997 - Religion - 199 pages
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A compelling account of the missing years of Jesus's youth and adolescence-- A bestseller during the 1960s in France, this book adds material to today's debate over the historical Jesus by describing his "missing years"-- This edition is updated for a modern audience and includes a contemporary translation of selections from the BibleWith interest in the historical Jesus at an all-time high, this startling and original book is more relevant than ever. Although he has been written about more than any figure in history, the childhood and adolescence of Jesus has always remained a mystery. The New Testament describes the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus, but is largely silent on the rest of his biography.In this classic book, a distinguished historian explores the elements that possibly shaped Jesus's life during those "lost" years. Although this period has led others to propound wild theories about Jesus raising a family or traveling to India for enlightenment, Robert Aron adheres to the facts of first-century life in Palestine.He recounts the cultural and religious influences that a Jewish boy would have experienced -- life in a devout family, his bar mitzvah, and encounters with Roman soldiers. Aron describes how shocked a boy from rural Galilee would have been by the paganism of Jerusalem, and how his faith might have been rekindled by the city's rabbis.Nazareth, on the other hand, was "a circle of harmonious hills, dotted with white-washed, mud-walled farmhouses, olive groves, and broad fields of grapes and wheat". Here we learn the prayers that young Jesus would have recited. Aron describes the Aramaic language that Jesus spoke and explains how Joseph wouldhave taught him the craft of carpentry. The author also recounts the young man's evolving

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One of France's widely read historians in the 1950s and 1960s, Aron completely updates his A Boy Named Jesus (1960), adding material to the current debate of the role of first-century Judaism on the ... Read full review


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