The Childhood of Jesus: The Unknown Years

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The gospel accounts of the birth and childhood of Jesus have puzzling discrepancies and contradictions. In particular, Matthew and Luke give different versions of the genealogy and birth of Jesus, and of the events that follow.

A long forgotten tradition held that there were, in fact, two families and two Jesus children whose destinies would come together: one from the kingly line of Solomon, and the other from the priestly line of Nathan. ...

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Overview

The gospel accounts of the birth and childhood of Jesus have puzzling discrepancies and contradictions. In particular, Matthew and Luke give different versions of the genealogy and birth of Jesus, and of the events that follow.

A long forgotten tradition held that there were, in fact, two families and two Jesus children whose destinies would come together: one from the kingly line of Solomon, and the other from the priestly line of Nathan. There are various apocryphal texts, as well as works of art, in which both children clearly occur.

Emil Bock shows how the pattern and structure of the four gospels support the stories of two boys called Jesus, living side by side in Nazareth until the age of twelve, right up to the dramatic day of their visit to the temple in Jerusalem. He also recreates the years between this time and Jesus' baptism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863152573
  • Publisher: Floris Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     9
The Physiology of the Holy Land     13
At the central point of the earth     13
Threefold landscape     16
Secrets of Bethlehem     19
The Mysteries of Christ and Jesus     25
From Jesus to Christ     25
The Jesus secret     28
Two different worlds     30
Contradictions: two genealogies     34
The kings' list     41
Conclusion     48
Duality of Being     53
Old and young     53
History and supra-history     54
Mother and child     56
Differing forms of consciousness     57
Human and divine aspects     59
The solution     60
The Paths of Zarathustra     63
Ancient sun wisdom     63
Zarathustra and the history of Israel     65
Diverse prophecies     69
The Heavenly Soul     73
Sublime Christ destinies     73
Three pre-Christian Christ events     75
The anima candida     80
Presentiments and Traces     83
The Nativity Story of the Gospel of Matthew     93
Herod     93
At the Temple     95
Views of Bethlehem     98
The infanticide     102
The Flight to Egypt     107
The journey     107
Heliopolis     109
Arrival in Heliopolis     111
Alert childhood     113
The return     115
The Nativity Story of the Gospel of Luke     117
Nazareth and Nazarene life     117
Annunciation and birth     123
The heavenly host     126
Childhood in Nazareth     131
The miracle of childlikeness     131
Childhood legends     132
Jesus and the Logos     134
Allegories     136
Friendship and Union     139
Distinctions     139
Friendship between the boys     142
The twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple     143
The death of the older youth     147
Lives of Two Marys     149
Divine Providence and the virgin birth     149
The Life of Mary According to Luke     159
The virginal nature     159
Annunciation and birth of the Jesus child     161
Nazarene life     164
The twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple     165
The image of the Madonna     167
The Great Drama of Mary     169
The birth of Mary     169
Temple destinies     172
In Nazareth     174
The fateful Passover festival     176
Family relationship     180
Jesus' farewell to the mother     183
Inner virginity     185
The three Christ years     187
Easter, Pentecost, Ephesus     189
Death and transfiguration of Mary     191
Jesus and John     195
Luke's calendar     195
Primal association     197
Meaningful separation     200
The fulfilling encounter     202
The sacrifice of John     203
The Road to the Baptism: Christophorus     207
After the end of childhood     207
Experiences through Judaism     210
Experiences through paganism     212
Experiences through the Essenes     215
The Baptism in the Jordan     219
Christophorus     221
Two Apocryphal Gospels     225
Introduction     227
The Pseudo-Matthew Gospel     237
The Arabian Gospel of the Childhood     279
References     307
Bibliography     311
Index     313
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