New Testament

Gospels and Acts of the Apostles

What does the book of Luke say about Jesus’ boyhood?

The book of Luke is unique in that it is the only canonical Gospel that describes Jesus’ childhood. The account is brief, but describes a time when twelve-year-old Jesus went to Jerusalem with his parents to celebrate the Passover. They traveled with a large group of people, so when they departed Jerusalem to head home, Mary and Joseph did not notice Jesus’ absence at first. They found him in the temple, sitting among the religious teachers, “both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.” (KJV, Luke 2:46–47)


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