Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.
The idea of 'Infancy Gospels', that is stories of Jesus's life that never made it into the official Bible, is controversial, but some of the tales of Jesus's childhood told in these works make surprising reading. Some versions of Christ's life claim that as a child, He vanquished dragons, exploded snakes and killed a boy who accidentally brushed against him.
'Mary dismounted from her beast, and sat down with the child Jesus in her bosom. And there were with Joseph three boys, and with Mary a girl, going on the journey along with them. And, lo, suddenly there came forth from the cave many dragons; and when the children saw them, they cried out in great terror. Then Jesus went down from the bosom of His mother, and stood on His feet before the dragons; and they adored Jesus, and thereafter retired.'
Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew 18
'Then the Lord Jesus calling the serpent, it presently came forth and submitted to him; to whom he said, Go and suck out all the poison which thou hast infused into that boy; So the serpent crept to the boy, and took away all its poison again. Then the Lord Jesus cursed the serpent so that it immediately burst asunder, and died.'
First Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ 18: 14-16
'After that again he went through the village, and a child ran and dashed against his shoulder. And Jesus was provoked and said unto him: Thou shalt not finish thy course. And immediately he fell down and died.'
Infancy Gospel of Thomas 6:1
According to the most recent book written by The Pope, our dating system of ad and bc uses the wrong date for the birth of Jesus. He says: ‘The calculation of the beginning of our calendar – based on the birth of Jesus – was made by Dionysius Exiguus, who made a mistake in his calculations by several years. The actual date of Jesus's birth was several years before.’
Jesus wasn’t given the birth-name that we know him as today. The Hebrew name of Mary and Joseph's son was Yeshua, which, translated directly into English, would be 'Joshua' – ‘Jesus’ comes to us via the Hellenised 'Iesous'.
There is no mention of a stable in any of the gospels relating to the nativity. Matthew's version says that an indeterminate number of Wise Men found Jesus ‘in a house’ not in a stable, while Luke states that Jesus was first laid in a manger (a feeding trough for animals) as there was no room for them at the inn.
In actual fact though, the word 'inn' could be a mistranslation. In the original Greek, Luke actually says that Jesus was laid in a manger because there was no place for them in the Kataluma. The word 'Kataluma' does not have a specific meaning – it just refers to a place where a traveller sleeps as he goes. What kind of 'sleeping place for travellers' it is describing depends entirely upon the context in which the word is used: Kataluma can mean an inn, but it can also mean a tent, or, more often, a guest room in a house.
Jesus is mentioned in the Qu'ran 25 times.
Wagner claimed that Jesus of Nazareth was actually born in a vegetarian commune founded by Pythagoras.
Names of shops in Ghana include: Blood Of Jesus Fast Foods and Invite Jesus Into Your Life Fashion Centre.
According to the Gospel of Luke, Jesus had 72 Disciples, not 12. In Luke Jesus gathers the 72 together and sends them on a mission: 'After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go…[He said] "Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road."'
The twelve most famous disciples are technically known as Apostles. 'Disciples' is also used to refer to any follower of Jesus.
Jesus's job is only referred to twice in the New Testament where He is described as a 'tekton' - Matthew 13:55 ('Is not this the carpenter's son?') and Mark 6:3 ('Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Judas, and Simon?).
However, the word 'tekton' can have many meanings: a smith, a builder, a mason, or any craftsman or worker. An ancient tekton fashioned the full range of objects needed in antiquity, including furniture, doors, locks, chests, ploughs, yokes, as well as dwellings. It was tough work and required an array of skills. In fact, there was very little wood in Galilee during Jesus’ lifetime. Houses were made of stone or mud-brick, typically with thatched roofs. Wood was scarce.
Some Biblical scholars go further and claim that the term is a metaphor for a scholar or learned man so Jesus was an exorcist, healer and preacher.
There were a lot more than 5,000 people at the Feeding of the 5,000. According to Matthew 14 verse 21, 'the number of those who ate was 5,000 men besides women and children'. This is also known as the ‘miracle of the five loaves and two fishes’.
There is an entirely separate miracle entitled 'The Feeding of the 4,000’ mentioned in the books of Matthew (which has a separate account of the feeding of the 5,000) and Mark. At this one He fed 4,000 men plus the women and children, so again a lot more than 4,000. It is known as the ‘miracle of the seven loaves and fish’. Interestingly, at this miracle, He fed fewer people with more food.
The Panacea Society are a religious group who believe that the second coming will occur somewhere in the Bedford area.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The jacana is also known as the 'jesus bird' for its ability to walk on water.
Maaloula, Syria is the only village in the world that still speaks Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ.