Jesus as a Teen

Jesus as a Teen April 25, 2015

Jesus as a Teen

The cartoon is from Inherit the Mirth. It connects nicely to a discussion I had in my “Heresy” class recently. If Jesus was not rebellious in his teen years, if he did not learn to be obedient to his parents the way everyone else does, then is there any meaningful sense in which he was human?

This is one reason why the extracanonical stories about Jesus’ childhood are so interesting, and so important. It is much easier to imagine an adult human as in some sense both divine and human. It is in infancy and childhood that it is particularly hard, and so the telling of stories about that period provides a great testing ground for Christologies.

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