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Galilean child rearing praised

Galilean child rearing praised

The Holy FamilyNAZARETH, 3 BC

The child training system of local Jews was praised yesterday by a visiting Greek educator, Holbar, who was passing through Nazareth. “Few homes can equal the balance of intellectual, moral and religious training found in Galilee,” he said. “It is the custom of the Galilean Jews for the mother to bear the responsibility for a child's training until the fifth birthday, and then, if the child is a boy, the father is responsible for the intellectual and religious education. The mother teaches home training, including the care of plants and animals and weaving. Children use boxes of sand to work out maps and practice at writing Aramaic, Greek, and later on, Hebrew. At seven years old, boys begin their formal education in the synagogue schools until graduation at the age of thirteen. Jewish girls are sometimes home-schooled.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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