How was Jesus' childhood

Desperate, Joseph and Mary hurried back to Jerusalem. Only after three days did they find the son "sitting in the temple, in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking. When they saw him, they were horrified." Maria confronts him: "Why did you do this to us? Your father and I searched for you with pain." Jesus answered like a today's teen who likes to evade the control of his parents: "Why were you looking for me?" But then he continued piously: "Do you not know that I have to be in what is my father?"

The parents listened incomprehensibly to what their boy was saying and took him home with them. Did it hurt Joseph, who had just looked for the son full of worry, to hear that: "You are not my father, but my real father is much bigger and more powerful, and I am now returning to him"? The depth psychological interpretation of the Bible assumes that this incident is a symbolic representation of the breakup of a pubescent boy from his parents. A normal and necessary development step on the way to adulthood.

What was most important to the first Christians about Jesus' childhood was that Jesus was born in Bethlehem - this way it could be proven that he really is the promised Messiah. It was only later that people, independent of historical sources, set about imagining Jesus' childhood with a lot of imagination. The question was obvious: if Jesus was the Son of God, why should Jesus only perform miracles after his baptism, why not as a child? This is how many miracle reports arose that raptured people into the Middle Ages. For example this one: A man injured himself while splitting wood, he threatened to bleed to death. Jesus saw this and healed him. The crowd shouted in amazement: "The spirit of God dwells in this boy!"

Jesus was mercilessly sweetened

Or a story from school: Jesus messed with a teacher - so bad that he hit him on the head. Jesus cursed the teacher, who passed out and fell on his face. When his parents found out about it, there was stress. Father Joseph warned Mary that it would be best not to let Jesus go out, "because everyone who annoys him dies".

More than a thousand years after these legends had arisen, new interest in the Child Jesus flared up again, this time in a romantic, kitschy version. Jesus was mercilessly sweetened to become the "dearest" Infant Jesus, a lovely boy with curly hair.

The strange gap in the biography of Jesus unleashed other, sometimes adventurous, fantasies. For example this: The three wise men who brought gifts to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2, 1-12) were from India - they did not see Jesus as the Son of God, but as the incarnation of an Indian deity. Logically, as a youth, Jesus was brought to India in a caravan; there he was instructed in Buddhism and then returned to Israel.

Writers fill the unknown childhood of Jesus

Modern psychologists finally discovered Jesus as a psychic object and asked: What kind of childhood will he have had? How did he get through puberty? Did he experience childhood trauma? Writers fill the unknown childhood of Jesus with completely new imaginations.

Nobel laureate in literature José Samarago, for example, describes in his novel "The Gospel according to Jesus Christ" a very close relationship between Jesus and his father Joseph. The Romans wrongly executed Joseph as a rebel - the violent death of his father caused trauma in the child Jesus and made the value of justice extremely important in him. And then there is the photographer Bettina Reims, who impressively recreated the life of Jesus in artistic freedom.

When it comes to the childhood of Jesus, imagination is allowed. Perhaps behind the silence of the Bible there is even an invitation to Christians to let their imaginations run wild.