Here’s a question I have gotten repeatedly over the years: was Jesus literate? I received a form of the question in a comment recently:
My question is: Could Jesus read? I thought I had read in your books or heard in one of your videos that you thought he, along with his immediate followers, were illiterate. But recently in one of your Sunday lectures you either stated or implied that he could actually read, and at least some of the instances in the gospels where he was reading from “the scrolls” were likely true. Please straighten me out on this topic.
I’ll begin with something that I’ve talked about on the blog several times before: literacy in Roman Palestine. The reality is that the vast majority of people then and there could not read or write. This comes as a surprise to many people who have heard the modern myth that all boys in Palestine went to Hebrew school and became literate there. Turns out, that’s not true.
This is a rather important issue — whether you are a Christian or simply someone interested in the Bible or the past in general. And I give here information that most people don’t know. Want to know? Keep reading! How? Join the Blog!<a href=”/register/”>Click here for membership options </a>