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2. The Son/Disciple Who Turned out Badly The next stage in Jesus’ “career,” of which we find an echo in the Talmud , is his appearance as a quite grown-up son or disciple. To be sure, the Talmud does not convey any information about Jesus’ growing up in his family or his youth, let alone about his education and his teachers; it just mentions him, again in passing, as an example of a son or a disciple who turns out badly—the nightmare of any decent parent. Interestingly enough, the New Testament, too, does not tell us much about Jesus’ childhood: Matthew moves directly from his return from Egypt with his parents after Herod’s death to his baptism as an adult in the Jordan by John the Baptist, his temptation in the desert, and then to his first public appearance in Galilee; Mark starts with his baptism, temptation, and first public appearance; and John opens his narrative with John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus’ mission and his first disciples. It is only Luke who relates the story about the twelve-year-old Jesus who, instead of joining his parents on their trip back from Jerusalem to Nazareth, prefers to stay calmly in the Temple among the teachers in order to listen to them and to ask them questions (Lk. 2:46). The talmudic story about the wicked son/disciple is preserved in two different contexts. The first, in Bavli Sanhedrin 103a, presents itself as an exegesis of Psalm 91:10:1 Rav Hisda said in the name of R. Yirmeya bar Abba: What is meant by the verse: No evil (ra


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