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Will Nazareth produce a great leader?

Mission of the Apostles:  To Unite the Nations in a Single Faith by Hippolyte Flandrin

NAZARETH, AD 7

“At last, a great teacher shall come out of Nazareth in Galilee.” A local rabbi at the synagogue school claims that the recent performance of twelve-year-old Jesus ben Joseph at the temple in Jerusalem proves that “something good can come out of Nazareth,” contrary to the old saying. The feeling is strong among some here that the young lad may become the teacher-leader that Israel needs. The mild local fame of Jesus stems from his discussions with the elders at the temple.

Some here agree that Jesus shows promise, but doubters point out that prophets have always demonstrated their divine birthright by the working of miracles and wonders.

A detractor commented:

“Jesus is a remarkable, bright young man. But he never does anything out of the ordinary. He may have a good career, but I doubt that he is a prophet.” Others say that Jesus is still young, and that his powers may unfold as he grows older. When he reaches fifteen years of age, Jesus will be permitted to formally conduct a service at the synagogue. Many look forward to this important milestone. In the meantime, his family continues to live a simple life here in Nazareth.

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

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