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Jesus’ Life: The “Hidden Years”

Jesus certainly grows up in a hurry! We celebrate feasts around his birth, then his baptism as an adult, and he’s off and running! But what do we really know about what are sometimes called the “Hidden Years” in the life of Jesus (between approximately ages 12-30)? From the Gospels, nothing. Not a word. But scripture scholars tell us that the very silence of the Gospels about these years tells us a great deal. And the main thing we can surmise is that his life during these years was very ordinary. Why can we surmise that? Because if anything extraordinary had happened, it would have been remembered and, years later, included in the Gospels. Of course over the centuries, some people (uncomfor

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