The 18 Missing Years of Jesus Christ

Almost nothing is known about the life of Jesus from the ages of 12 to 29. In this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys explore the 18 hidden years of Jesus’ life and explore the legends and theories of where Jesus might have went and what He might have done during this time in his life.

Episode 149:
In this episode, we will discuss:
• Did Jesus travel to distant lands like India or Tibet?
• What stories do we have of his childhood?
• What jobs did Jesus have?
• Why did Jesus wait until 30 to begin preaching?
• and much more


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7 comments on The 18 Missing Years of Jesus Christ

  1. Andrea says:

    Hi guys,
    This is something everyone wonders about and not just theologians or biblical scholars. “Jesus remained hidden in the silence of an ordinary life” according to the Catechism. Like Ryan Scheel I love the idea he had an ordinary enjoyable life until his ministry. I love thinking He grew up as an ordinary boy with family and friends to support Him. As a man He would have emotional needs and growing pains, etc. His teenage years may have been filled with a certain degree of angst.

    Why would the years of 12-29 be missing or undocumented? Always a question I asked and got no real answer to. At 13 he had his Bar Mitzvah like other Jewish boys. You couldn’t be a priest until you were 30. Jesus wasn’t a priest but was called Rabbi during His ministry. Jesus was a craftsman, a carpenter, a laborer. Sepphoris was a 4 mile walk from Nazareth and Jesus probably commuted there for years to various jobs. He must have been a very strong man just think of him carrying that cross. RS mentioned a great comment from one of the patrons that no-one can know the weight of the cross because of the amount of sins He carried.

    A lot of “fan fiction” rose about these years. Theories from the 2nd and 3rd century. The infancy gospel of Thomas was developed by the Gnostics. Out of all the infancy gospel of Thomas stories the only one that sounded plausible was the one where Jesus used his cloak to transport water to Mary when the bucket was broken. He wouldn’t have used his powers on His own it would be in accordance with God, the Father and His own humility as Ryan Dellacrosse pointed out.

    Did Jesus travel? Other countries love to claim Jesus as their own – India, Tibet, Japan. Then there is the story of Him traveling to England with Joseph of Arimathea to trade tin a new product from a new country under the Roman Empire. All very doubtful or improbable.

    When I was younger I wondered if he had married. Once I got more into my religion I realized this would not be true as it would have changed his whole trajectory for one thing. It would have complicated His life when He was on a mission. It wouldn’t have happened. The thought almost seems silly to me now.

    The show was interesting and stuck to what we know but from scripture but it didn’t answer the question of what He did during those lost years because it can’t unless new Dead Sea scrolls surface or something similarly authoritative. You did, however, bring speculation into the realm of postulation.

    Thank you for another great show or podcast! I looked forward to viewing it all day.

  2. Debbie Gardner says:

    Hi guys,

    I enjoyed the show. I enjoy all the shows! I like reflecting on the wedding at Cana because I think it also provides some insight into these missing years. Mary approached Jesus expressing that there was no more wine. Jesus responds, basically, why are you telling me? My hour has not yet come (what do you expect me to do about it?). So I always think he must have changed water into wine at some point in their life together. Maybe during a special occasion for the family? Maybe a celebration when they had no wine? Maybe they couldn’t really afford wine? Mary obviously knew that Jesus could fix this situation in a subtle way. And Jesus obviously knew exactly why Mary told him there was no more wine. And they both knew is was likely some very good wine!

  3. Emily says:

    Maybe when Jesus said, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Fathers house?” It was a way to express his order of obedience to God over them?
    Or maybe to express that God was in control and would take care of Him, so why would they even bother worrying?

  4. Marie says:

    Hi just wanted to know what is the Jewish life like? Would Jesus had to obey the Jewish traditions? What would that life have been like?

  5. Donna Beedy says:

    Thanks guys again another great show. Very interesting and definitely an eye opener.

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