One of the oddities of the Bible is how little it reveals about the life of Jesus. All we know of Jesus prior to age thirty are a few sketchy accounts by Matthew and Luke, with gospel writers Mark and John completely silent on his early life.
While the omission has piqued the interest and imagination of many a Bible student, the details that are there, though few, are profound in significance—not the least of which, is that his first recorded public appearances are in the temple: At eight days old, his infant cries pierced the ears of his circumciser; thirty-two

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