We love this article: Did Jesus ever attend school? by Ann Moody
A great question! He certainly did attend school, and all of the details are contained in The Urantia Book! (see our blog below)
This is a very good article written from the Christian perspective, and with children in mind. Since we are now into the new school year, I recommend reading it with your kids; it's written by a Christian educator, and asks other very good questions, too. Here's a short blurb:
"Jesus would have learned a lot from his parents. His mother Mary would have taught Him things at home, and His Father Joseph would have taught Him about being a carpenter like he was. But when Jesus was probably about six years old, like every other six-year old Jewish boy, He would have gone to the local synagogue school called Bet Sefer. Only the boys went for five or six days a week. The teacher would teach his students the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, along with some other general basis education. On the first day of their school, the rabbi would give each boy a taste of honey and say, 'May the words of God be sweet to your taste, sweeter than honey to your mouth,' from Psalm 119: 103."
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Jesus' Childhood - Details in The Urantia Book!
And, after you read this fine article with them, you might want to have a look at what The Urantia Book has to say about Jesus' childhood - including his school days in Nazareth! We all know that Jesus lived a full life, and he certainly had a loving mother and father in Mary and Joseph. They did all that they could to see to it that Jesus had a good, Jewish upbringing.
As in the article above, The Urantia Book explains that Mary and Joseph taught a lot to Jesus in the home:
122:5.7 Mary was an expert weaver and more than averagely skilled in most of the household arts of that day; she was a good housekeeper and a superior homemaker. Both Joseph and Mary were good teachers, and they saw to it that their children were well versed in the learning of that day.
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But the days came when Jesus was enrolled in the religious community schools. Here are some interesting links from our Illustrated Jesus Stories that tell much more about that time in Jesus' life:
Jesus at Age 6
How Mary and Joseph shared Jesus' education
Jesus' school days in Nazareth
Jesus Loved Music and Mathematics
And Jesus wanted to be an Artist when he was 9 years-old...
The Illustrated Jesus Stories are a great way to introduce a child (or new reader) to these, and many other stories of Jesus' life. Accompanied by fine art, they are a pleasure for the eyes as well as the spirit!
And there's much more than this to read about in Part IV of The Urantia Book - The Life and Teachings of Jesus.
Click to read more about the "lost years" of Jesus...they have been found in The Urantia Book
A Treasure for the Whole Family
The Urantia Book is a treasure - a treasure for anyone who is desiring a closer walk with Jesus or desiring just to know more about him. With a highly detailed narrative including dates and days of the week (which have been corroborated through computer-aided software), the Life and Teachings of Jesus in The Urantia Book reveal the Master as nowhere else on the planet!
From his choice of this world as the place where he would fulfill his mission and reveal God, through his pre-bestowal conferences, his birth, infancy, childhood, youth and adolescence, his young manhood and adulthood, the story of Jesus comes alive with details never before known to us.
All of the familiar stories are there, with many, many more besides. All the events of his public and private ministry to the world are covered; his mission and its purpose are thoroughly explored; his tragic death and glorious resurrection are as familiar as ever, but with the added advantage of rich and inspiring detail as well as superb context for all of the events of his life.
This part of The Urantia Book is a great addition to the religious books you now read to your kids. Many of the stories are quite accessible to younger minds and will help the youngsters discover Jesus from the standpoint of eyewitnesses who were really there! WOW!
This is Information that Matters!
About the importance of the early life of Jesus, the authors of The Urantia Book! tell us:
2:0.2 The nature of God can be studied in a revelation of supreme ideas, the divine character can be envisaged as a portrayal of supernal ideals, but the most enlightening and spiritually edifying of all revelations of the divine nature is to be found in the comprehension of the religious life of Jesus of Nazareth, both before and after his attainment of full consciousness of divinity.
So, parents: Have a look! Share the story of this amazing God/man with your families. Remember, Jesus was a human being as well as divine Son of God; ALL of his life is filled with inspiration and direction on how to be a good person and how to live as a child of God. Kids as well as adults will love it!