There are lots of stories of Jesus as a child, but they are not in the Bible. BYU professor Dr. Thom Wayment and I will discuss several of these strange stories about the Juvenile Jesus.
Thom: He loses a game. So, he smites his friend who beats him in the game and then they go get their local leaders and they come out and say, “We’ve got to punish this kid,” and as they get ready to punish them, Jesus raises the kid from the dead.
GT: I’ve heard that story too.
Thom: And then they say, “Where is the evidence of this?” It’s really weird to a modern person how terrible Jesus could be as a child.
GT: Well, and there’s another story about a bunch of birds. He made a bunch of mud birds or something.
Thom: And gave life to them.
GT: And then they flew away.
Thom: Yes, yes.
GT: He’s really a brat. Jesus is a brat in this story.
Thom: I would agree. I would use that term. And what’s so fascinating is it’s like he has this divine power, but he’s a teenager using it, which is really kind of fun, but you wonder what it says about your view of Jesus.
Were any of these considered canonical? Was Joseph much older than Mary? Check out our conversation….
Don’t forget to check out our other conversations about the birth of Jesus!
231: Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, & Birth of Christ (Chadwick)
230: Christmas Legends: Herod, Wise Men, the Star (Wayment)
229: Was Jesus Born in December? (Chadwick)
228: Separating Fact and Fiction on Birth of Christ (Wayment)