Well, my books have finally arrived concerning Jesus’ childhood. They are… Daily Life at the time of Jesus by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh, and The Book of Anne, The Story of the Childhood of Jesus as told by His Grandmother, by Sandy Martin Ericson.
When we think of Jesus, He is either a baby or an adult. But what happened in the middle of His life? The growing years when how we live and what we go through, develops who we are in life. And what about the family God choose Jesus to be a part of and why? How did all of it influence Jesus, or did it?
Maybe I will find these answers.
But before I begin, I want to explain why I chose these two books. First is The Book of Anne. The author, Sandy Martin Ericson, and her prologue had me hooked. Because when I read her prologue, I immediately knew this was a book all Christians should read sometime during their lifetime walk with Jesus.
The Book of Anne Prologue
Sandy Martin Ericson
Historians tell us the father of Mary was a successful Galilean farmer named Joachim. Most first century farmers lived in villages and worked small, nearby pieces of land. Like the farmer in the “Parable of the Prodigal Son,” Joachim is thought to have owned large fields in a fertile valley in the Nazarean hills. Many parables spoken by Jesus were agricultural in nature. It is reasonable to presume he spent time amid the wheat and sheep.
Scripture tells us the holy family journeyed from exile in Egypt to Galilee, rather than returning to Judea.
This story is of the life of Jesus during his childhood years and of his family and the people around him. It is a combination of history, geography, tradition, myth and imagination.
This then is how it might have been. Turn the page and imagine with me.
Wow, I hope you buy her book or download it on your Kindle! I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Now the other book, Daily Life at the time of Jesus by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh. This is more of a cut and dried explanation with historical data and archeological facts. But the way it is presented with pictures and little interesting facts; like Herod earned 1.6 million dollars a year, keeps the boredom away. She also brings into play politics and the clash of cultures and religions, to help us realize the dynamics that were stewing in the background.
Once again, I don’t think you will be disappointed if you purchased this book also.
So with both of these books in hand, I will embark on knowing Jesus and his childhood. Which, if possible, will probably make me love Him even more!
God Bless You!
And God Bless America!