Moses’ First Try

Yesterday’s Speed Bump gets at the fallibility of religious leaders, even famous ones. It reminds me of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, which depicts Jesus as a child, filled with incredible power, but also human and thus immature and prone to use his powers capriciously. Whatever one thinks of its contents, it reflects an awareness that one cannot think of Jesus as static and always perfectly mature and wise, and either claim that he was fully human, or for that matter do justice to the statement in Luke 2:52 which is echoed towards the very end of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and grace.”


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