Paper 123: The Early Childhood of Jesus/ /Midwayer Commission

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Foundation Map: August, 7 B.C. to October, 4 B.C.
Foundation Map: October 4, 4 B.C. to June 3, 3 A.D.
Foundation Map: August 21, 7 A.D. to August 21, 10 A.D.

Matthew Block suggests that the following authors were influential in writing of this Paper and has prepared a parallel chart:

Rev. Alfred Edersheim, M.A.Oxon., D.D., Ph.D., The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, Eighth Edition (Volume One) (New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1907) Hathi Trust Digital Library copy, V.1Hathi Trust Digital Library copy, V.2.Wikipedia page: Edersheim.

Dr. William Smith’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volume 3, Marriage to Regem, Revised and Edited by Professor H. B. Hackett, D.D. et al. (Boston: Houghlin, Mifflin and Co., 1870) Wikipedia page: Smith.

George A. Barton, Ph.D., LL.D., Jesus of Nazareth: A Biography (New York, The Macmillan Company, 1922) Hathi Trust Digital Library copyWikipedia page: Barton.

Robert Norwood, The Man Who Dared to Be God: A Story of Jesus (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1929)

David Smith, M.A., D.D., Our Lord’s Earthly Life (New York: George H. Doran Company, 1925)

Walter Russell Bowie, The Master: A Life of Jesus Christ (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1928) Wikipedia page: Bowie.

For Biblical cross-references for all Sections: click here.


p6Tuesday, October 1; Sunday, October 6. See Chris Halvorson’s paper, When Is Jesus’ Birthday, for an explanation of why August 21st, 7 B.C. was a Sunday and to learn the day of the week for other B.C. dates in The Urantia Book.

Section 1: Back in Nazareth

p5Wednesday, April 2. See note above.

p7metric conversion: “. . . her brother, several kilometres south of Nazareth . . .”


Section 2: The Fifth Year (2 B.C.)

p1: Melchizedek etymology by Chris Halvorson: “Heb., the king (malki) of righteousness (tsedheq) = U.B., the primary righteous expression (of a local universe descending Son)”

Wednesday February 11. See note p6 above.

p3Saturday, July 11. See note in Intro p6 above.

p6: Friday, August 21. See note in Intro p6 above.


Section 3: Events of the Sixth Year (1 B.C.)


Section 4: The Seventh Year (A.D. 1)

p1metric conversion: “Snow fell 60 cm deep, the heaviest snowfall Jesus saw during his lifetime . . .”


Section 5: School Days in Nazareth

p3books of the law.: The “Law” being spoken of is the Hebrew Torah, i.e. the first part of the Hebrew Scriptures: .תורה†נביאים†כתובים.

p12Tigran Aivazian annotation: Informational: first printing; Far to the east they could discern the Jordan valley and, far beyond, the rocky hills of Moab. Also to the south and the east… — Punctuation and wording changes were rejected by the committee. The context for this sentence is the “panoramic view” from atop the Nazareth hill: Jesus and his father are standing on top of the hill and are moving their gaze from Mt. Carmel in the north-west around an arc to the north, east, south and west. Mt. Hermon is to their north, and from springs in its foothills near Dan (north-east of Nazareth) the Jordan valley extends to the Dead Sea in the south. Thus, as Jesus and Joseph follow the line of the river valley along the arc of their survey, as the Jordan approaches the Dead Sea, father and son “discern…far beyond, the rocky hills of Moab.” This interpretation is further supported by the punctuation of the following sentence which does not read “Also, to the south and the east,…” (suggesting a change in direction from the last reference), but rather, “Also to the south and the east,…” which implies that the last referenced location (Moab) was in the same direction.

metric conversion: “. . . monopolized the skyline, almost 900 m of the upper slopes glistening white with perpetual snow.”


Section 6: His Eighth Year (A.D. 2)

p1metric conversion: “. . . (his mother’s brother) 8 km south of Nazareth.”


p6astronomy is mentioned seven times: (79:7.6), (81:2.9), (88:6.5), (102:4.6), (121:7.12), (123:6.6), and (150:3.3).

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