When Jesus played with his buddies in the streets of Nazareth or chased butterflies in the fields of the surrounding countryside, what would he have seen and heard that would have influenced him and those who responded to him in later years? What would he have learned at home with Mary and Joseph? What would he have seen and heard in the market place or while visiting in the homes of young friends that taught Him about the What was going on in the lives of the people to whom Jesus spoke that influenced what they heard -- what they understood Him to say? What were their memories? What were their concerns? Their fears? Their hopes? Their anxieties? Their prejudices? Their angers? Their expectations?
After two thousand years of historical, cultural, social, religious, political, and linguistic change, I remain in search of the “historical Jesus” with hopes of helping others to do the same.
As we try to better understand Him, we will look at what we know of the period before Jesus was born, and the period during which Jesus lived, and cautiously apply it to Jesus and the world in which He lived during the days of His flesh.
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Published February 22, 2013
by William G. Justice.
History, Religion & Spirituality.