ANSWERS: 28
  • I was myself wondered the same thing and couldn't find anything. I did find an interesting piece of fiction to read though. Christ The Lord by Anne Rice. I really enjoyed it
  • Nothing special. When Luke interviewed Mary to formulate the early chapters of his gospel, he obviously found out from her that life was fairly normal for Jesus between those years. Nothing that was relevant to His ministry and purpose. People have tried to fill in this time with all sorts of fanciful things from trips to Alexandria in Egypt to travelling to India. All out of the question. Had there been anything special, Mary would have told Luke. The truth is that Jesus lived as a normal person in a normal household and learnt the trade of Joseph, his putative father. That was his task until he reached adulthood, which in Jewish culture of the time, was 30.
  • As was the Custom Christ being First Born was Educated & raised up in the Jewish Faith. This meant that He was taught to help around the home by His Mother & other women in the Family unit. He was also an Apprentice to Joseph learning His Earthly Fathers Trade. Bear in mind, Christ also had 7 siblings that He was helping to Raise with No Modern Conveniences like running water, washers, dryers, refrigerators, cars....Everything by Hand! John
  • theres actually no record of this time period
  • He lived in Nazareth and learned his trade. that is clear when he was questioned as the carpenter's son.
  • puzzling isnt it, for someone so supposedly special, they dont track him too much during development.
  • I don't like having secrets kept from me and I think that is the case here. I want to know what happened during those years.
  • He probably did what all teenagers did,explored the opposite sex,thats why there are no records of that time,perfectly normal behavior.They play down his relationship with Mary Magdeline as well,but many believe he fathered a son with her and that is the true Holy Grail. He was a good dude,and if anyone was the son of god,it's him.....But as far as him BEING God,Doesn't the bible say there is only ONE God??? He is the son of God,not God Himself,His Dad is God...in my opinion...and thats all there is ...opinions,none of you{or me) know the truth,only God And Jesus know,thats the way they want it. John
  • We don't know anything because nothing is written about that time period, though we do know from Luke 2:51-52 this "And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and he continued subject to them. Also, his mother carefully kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus went on progressing in wisdom and in physical growth and in favor with God and men." SO we know he was an obedient son and probably learned a trade from his father as all young men did.
  • There isn't anything to find. All that we are told for certian is that he grew in stature and favor with men and God.
  • That is interesting and leads me to a suggestion that he did not exist at all.I might be downrated 100's of points but I see now concrete historical evidence of his existence and how could they loose all those years,and he suddenly pops up out of nowhere.
  • He probably partyed and drank so much that he blacked it all out.
  • Luke 2:51 And he (Jesus) went down with them, (Mary and Joseph), and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them:..... Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. He was subject to his parents. In other words he was obedient to them. Verse 52 pretty much describes what he did during all these years. For some reason God decided we did not need any more details of this time period.
  • Here is another theory: We lose sight of Jesus in the Gospels at the same place we lose sight of Horus; namely, their respective Temples. In the story the reference to God at midday, 12 noon when the Sun is at its highest point explains the reference to the Temple being called "the Temple of the Most High". It is written that Horus stayed with his mother until the age of 12. Between the ages of twelve to thirty there is no record of the life of Horus. Ironically Jesus stayed with his mother until 12 years of age and between the ages of twelve to thirty there is no record of the life of Jesus in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and the book of Acts. At age thirty, Horus was baptized by Anup. At age thirty, Jesus was baptized by John Answer for yourself: Is this just a coincidence or does this show a "pattern" or "parallel" between these two godmen? The story of Jesus being baptized and beginning his ministry at age 30 is a retelling of the identical tale of Horus, representing the Sun moving into a new constellation at 30 degrees. "Age 30" is a reference to 30 days, which is one month - the time it takes the Sun to move to the next house of the Zodiac. It is taught of Horus that he was a child teacher in the temple and was baptized by “Anup the Baptizer” when he was thirty years old. Horus was also baptized by "Anup the Baptizer," who becomes "John the Baptist" in the New Testament (himself a personification of the constellation Aquarius (the water bearer). Answer for yourself: Is this account in the live of Horus just a coincidence when contrasted with the life of Jesus? Let us be fully aware that the story of Horus, a major Egyptian God, is told in the “Book of Vivifying the Soul Forever” over 3,000 years before the birth of Christ. When one begins to do a comparison between the life of Horus and the life of Jesus he quickly comes to a most startling revelation: the "Jesus story" in the Bible is a recycled version of the Horus story. The entire story of Jesus was plagiarized in bits and pieces, and sometimes blatantly intact, from ancient god/man mythology passed down by Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Persian cultures. In fact, in the catacombs at Rome are pictures of the baby Horus being held by the virgin mother Isis - the original "Madonna and Child". Jesus is alternatively depicted by some as beginning his ministry at 28 years and not at 30 years, which represents the 28-day cycle of the moon, or the month, as reckoned by the Egyptians. We are taught in our culture that Jesus is the divine hero, but other cultures have different saviors that parallel the life and events recorded for us in our New Testaments concerning Jesus. Religious beliefs are a function of the culture in which one lives. If we had been reared in a different culture, we would have heard the story of a different savior, instead of the Jesus story. Upon comparing the stories of the different saviors, one finds that the similarities are so striking, it is beyond a doubt that they are more than just a coincidence.
  • Easy answer. Read "Lamb" if you can take your religion with a grain of salt. A ten ton grain of salt that is.
  • Obviously the people who wrote the Bible did not want us to know. That would interfere w/their religeons. He was sent here for the purpose of teaching. I do not believe for one split second that he did nothing of note for 18 years. Definately he traveled the world. God would not send a great messenger to the world and then forget to have him travel. Duh...
  • Apart from Luke 2:51-52 there is another extract in the Gospels which gives an excellent argument that Jesus did not go abroad but lived in his native land between 12 and 30.I heard this on a very respectable programme but unfortunately did not write down the reference. Can anyone help please?
  • You could think about it like Dogma. It's hard thing for a 12 year old to accept he's the son of god
  • You might be interested in a book called, "The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ". I'm not claiming it's true or accurate, just interesting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Aquarian_Gospel_of_Jesus_the_Christ http://books.google.com/books?id=DzawIogZelAC&dq=the+aquarian+gospel+of+jesus+the+christ&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result
  • I don't buy the idea that nothing of interest happened in Jesus's life between the ages of 12 & 30 - that is just making a very poor excuse for a glaring omission in all the accounts of Jesus's life. Take, for example, the "Finding In The Temple" when Jesus was 12 - that is a very fascinating tale in itself, are you seriously telling me nothing of interest like this happened for another 18 years!!?? Very unlikely. How could Jesus have known so much about the Scriptures at such a young age? If you're religious the answer may be that he knows this because he's the son of God, if you're not religious this story may make you question whether Jesus really is a humble carpenter's son - he seems highly educated at such a young age (he is after all arguably of royal lineage from the House of David, not to mention the fact that the Romans termed him "The King Of The Jews" but the gospels add their own spin on it that this was meant "ironically"). The big mystery is "why" this part of Jesus's life is omitted. Within this void of our knowledge people have understandably theorized that maybe Jesus went abroad (India, Alexandria, Glastonbury etc). It's interesting that one of the first stories we hear about Jesus when he "reappears" is the temptation by Satan in the desert. Perhaps like many of the allegories told by Jesus this is a metaphorical description for where Jesus was during his "wilderness years" (i.e. adolescence into manhood) - maybe he was out and about in the world being tempted by various mortal sins but the early Gospel writers thought this didn't show him in a particularly good light so instead they symbolized these missing years with the temptation in the "wilderness" (lots of symbols going on there!)
  • Mary and Joseph sent him to Jesus Camp cause he wasn't behaving
  • There is nothing in the Bible saying what happened between when he was taken to the Temple in Jerusalem at around age 12 and when he began his public ministry. Some Biblical scholars propose he joined the Essenes, a religious order that lived in the desert and dedicated their lives to holy acts and thoughts, not unlike Christian monks. Some theorize that he traveled to the Far East and learned about their culture and religious philosophies. Many think he just stayed at home and helped Joseph in his business and when Joseph died (here's another one that the Bible is virtually silent on), Jesus left home and heeded the call to preach publicly. Still, it is all speculation. We may never know what happened in those 20 or so years.
  • There are only speculations. No concrete evidence. One theory has it that Jesus Christ spent most of the 18 years among the sages living in the Himalayas in India. There he learned the Advaida Philosophy - it is said. This is the reason why most of Jesus Christ's sayings match the principles of Advaida Philosophy principles - it is concluded. There is an ancient temple 2000 years old in Kedarnath, India where a strand of hair said to be that of Jesus is preserved even to this date - I am told. All that I have said above are based on speculative reports and not based on hard facts - it must be understood. I give a link from where more information can be had. . http://reluctant-messenger.com/issa.htm
  • I find it interesting that at age 12 he was found debating with teh scholars, but nothing else of interest happened for the next 18 years.
  • Sex, drugs, and rock n roll, my friend
  • There is more on the life of Jesus in the New Testament apocrypha, which are books that didn't make it into the Bible for a variety of reasons. Some of it was unverifiable, some incomplete, and I believe that it's possible that some was intentionally left out in order to keep things hidden. In any case, if you're curious do a search on New Testament Apocrypha, there's lots to be found.
  • Scripture gives no record of that period of Jesus' life. Evidently Yahweh felt it wasn't important. There are however extra-Biblical accounts of Jesus being in India and several other places but I wouldn't put much stock in those. If it's not recorded in Scripture then it wasn't meant to be known.
  • He grew up and learned his trade. Scriptural canon doesn't give us details. There are legends from all over the world which are reputed to be of Christ during this period, but it's impossible to prove anything.

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