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Thu, October 23, 2014

Zebedee boat building innovations praised

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

Zebedee boatCAPERNAUM, AD 22

"The design and performance of my boat built by Jesus ben Joseph and John Zebedee is outstanding," said a fisherman who uses one of the new crafts created by the Zebedee boat shop. It is reported that the new design is safer and faster than any previous craft. Improved construction methods include a special technique of steaming the boards.

John Zebedee gives most of the credit to his skilled craftsman, Jesus, who arrived from Nazareth a year ago. Zebedee said that Jesus is also a remarkable philosopher and teacher. Two of Zebedee’s sons, James and John the younger, agree with their father about Jesus as a teacher. David Zebedee, the other son, is less enthusiastic. He stated: "Jesus is a great designer and craftsman, but his ideas on religion and philosophy are rather peculiar to me."

The Zebedee boats are known for their speed and stability

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Fri, October 10, 2014

Jesus Departs Nazareth

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

Jesus teaching in the synagogue as a childNAZARETH, JANUARY, AD 21

Jesus ben Joseph left Nazareth Sunday morning, apparently to make an extensive tour of several cities around the Sea of Galilee. Jesus is now twenty-six years old, and some speculate this is the beginning of his long awaited public teaching career.

Others insist that Jesus is not yet ready. One local said: “Just before he left, Jesus commented: ‘My hour has not yet come.’ This is his usual statement when asked about a public career. I like Jesus, but I don’t think he has the personality to be a revolutionary leader.”

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Fri, September 26, 2014

Youth conducts synagogue service

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

Jesus teaching in the synagogue as a childNAZARETH, AUGUST, AD 9

A somber and noble synagogue service was conducted by fifteen-year-old Jesus ben Joseph yesterday. Jesus selected several passages and read them with dignity. The struggles of his family after the death of his father are well-known throughout the community.

The local gathering seemed particularly touched when Jesus read these words: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness, for I am the Lord your God. And I will hold your right hand, saying to you, fear not, for I will help you.” Chances for the youth to continue his education are not favorable, but the local chazan insists he will be a great teacher one day, perhaps even the successor to the famous Gamaliel of Jerusalem.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Fri, September 12, 2014

Local contractor killed

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

JosephSEPPHORIS, SEPTEMBER 25, AD 8

It was announced today that Joseph, a well-known local contractor and carpenter, died from injuries received from a falling derrick while working on the palace of Herod Antipas in Sepphoris. Mary, the wife of the victim, was on her way from Nazareth to the accident site and could not be reached for comment. The family has been noted for their son, Jesus, who has been acclaimed by some as a “child of destiny.” The mantle of responsibility for the family will evidently fall upon fourteen-year-old Jesus. In addition to Jesus, there are seven brothers and sisters. To compound the family’s problems, Mary is expecting her ninth child.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Fri, August 29, 2014

Mystery youth returns home

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

Mystery youth returns home

Jesus and his parentsJERUSALEM, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, AD 7

Some rabbis here expressed relief when the parents of Jesus ben Joseph arrived at the temple and took him back to their Nazareth home. The leader of the temple discussions had just invited Jesus to sit beside him and give his own ideas on worship and prayer when the concerned parents interrupted the proceedings. The mother admonished him, saying: “My child, why have you treated us like this? It is now more than three days that your father and I have searched for you sorrowing.”

The youth surprised everyone with his strange answer: “Why is it that you have so long sought me? Would you not expect to find me in my Father’s house since the time has come when I should be about my Father’s business?” The crowd broke up at that juncture, and the family left the temple. Rabbis are divided as to the exact meaning of the youth’s remarks to his parents. One commented: “Jesus is insistent upon referring to God as a ‘Father.’ It came up over and over again in the temple debates. Of course, I believe he meant that God is the Father of all Israel.” Another rabbi disagreed. “He implied several times that God is the Father of all humankind, even including gentiles and women. This is too liberal a viewpoint for me to embrace.”

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

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Mon, August 18, 2014

Nazareth youth perplexes rabbis

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

Boy Jesus in templeJERUSALEM, TUESDAY, APRIL 19, AD 7

Temple teachers were challenged for the second time in as many days by the questions of a youth from Nazareth. Jesus ben Joseph delighted the crowds and confused some of the rabbis for four hours. The discussions were lively and less aggressive than yesterday’s debates, possibly because some rabbis boycotted the session in protest of the age of the youth. He will not be thirteen until August 21. The leader of the discussions permitted Jesus to participate since he had been consecrated during Passover and was a graduate of the proper schools in Nazareth. “The lad asked some of the things we have all wondered about,” said one bystander.

A few of the discussion topics prompted by the inquiries of the young Nazarene were: Why can’t the men and women sit together in the temple? Why do authorities permit gross commerce in a temple dedicated to honoring God? Why can’t people be told what is behind the veil of the Holy of Holies? Will the Messiah restore the Throne of David or establish a spiritual kingdom on earth? How could a loving God be pleased with the slaughter of helpless animals in sacrifice?

“I was surprised this boy got away with these questions,” commented a merchant from Alexandria. “But he has such charm and is so poised and gracious. Never once did he become offensive. He seems to convey his unusual ideas in the way he asks his questions. I was astonished at his deep insight. I hope he returns tomorrow; things are getting interesting.” None of the rabbis who boycotted the discussions could be reached for comment.

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

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Fri, August 01, 2014

Parents seek missing youth

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

Jesus graduatesJERICHO, MONDAY, APRIL 18, AD 7

Jesus ben Joseph, a Nazareth youth, has been reported missing by his parents. The twelve-year-old was last seen in Jerusalem. He was part of a caravan of 103 Nazarenes who came to the city for Passover. As is the custom, men and women travel separately. Each parent believed Jesus was with the other when the caravan left Sunday to return to Nazareth. Mary and Joseph are retracing their steps to Jerusalem in an attempt to locate their son. “I was concerned about his behavior at Passover,” Joseph said. “He seemed very disturbed about certain things he saw. He sometimes tends to be overly sensitive.” Information about the whereabouts of Jesus would be appreciated by his parents.

Have you seen this boy?

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Fri, July 18, 2014

Jesus ben Joseph graduates

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

Jesus graduatesNAZARETH, MARCH 20, AD 7

Jesus ben Joseph graduated today from the synagogue-associated local school. His proud father, a local contractor, traveled from his public building project in Sepphoris to be present at the event. Jesus, the firstborn of Joseph and Mary, was pronounced “son of the commandment.” The elders of the synagogue generally expressed their pride in the lad and said he would be an excellent candidate for the Hebrew academies of Jerusalem. Jesus is considered by some to have been designated for an important mission. A few of the elders were reported to have reservations, one commenting: “Jesus must learn more respect for tradition. His many questions sometimes border on being annoying and lack appreciation for our laws and standards. I must admit he has an extraordinary mind and is conversant in three languages.” The elder requested that his name be withheld.

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

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Thu, July 03, 2014

Human mind of Jesus indwelt by God

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

Jesus as a boyFEBRUARY 11, 2 BC

It was announced today that the Creator Son of our universe, now incarnated on the planet of Earth, has been endowed with an indwelling Fragment of God. It was explained that this is a normal course of events with humans on this planet. The arrival of such Father-Fragments occurs when human children make their first personal and wholehearted moral decision. The divine Fragment, a gift of the pure essence of the heavenly Father, indwells humans and strives to insure the spiritualization of their minds and eternal survival of their souls.

Some inquiries were made as to why this would be necessary for a Creator Son, who has been described as being “all God.” A spokesperson for the Universe Rulers explained: “Jesus is indeed ‘all God,’ but he is to be ‘all man’ also. He is to be tested as a human being and experience the trials of a human being. The human mind of Jesus will be augmented by the presence of the Universe Father, as is the case with normal mortals of the realm. Jesus may elect to face many of his Earth challenges with only his human mind and its indwelling Father- Fragment. In this manner he will demonstrate for all the universe the power of God in liaison with the mind of ordinary human beings. Our beloved Creator Son will not only reveal God to man, he will reveal man to God.”

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

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Fri, June 20, 2014

Child of promise to stay

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

Jesus reads from the scripturesNAZARETH, FEBRUARY, AD 2

A visiting rabbi, Nahor, expressed disappointment at the decision of Jesus ben Joseph to stay with his family and not to go with him to Jerusalem for advanced training. “I respect the decision, but regret that the youth will not be exposed to a more sophisticated and controlled environment. I was somewhat shocked by his questions and his unusual views on religion and prayer.” Because the parents were divided on the issue it was decided to allow Jesus to make the decision.

Nahor explained that the youth insisted on “talking with his Father in heaven” about the question.

After two days of deliberation the lad declined the offer to move to Jerusalem. Jesus admitted he was not “positive” about what God wanted, but he felt it wisest to stay with his family. Jesus expressed the opinion that his family would love him more than those who were focused purely upon his intellect.

Nahor expressed puzzlement at these comments, attributing them to the liberal atmosphere of Nazareth.

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

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