The Urantia Book-- Part IV. The Life And Teachings
PAPER 126: Section 1.
His Fourteenth Year (A.D. 8)
This is the calendar year of his fourteenth birthday. He had become a good yoke
maker and worked well with both canvas and leather. He was also rapidly developing
into an expert carpenter and
cabinetmaker. This summer he made frequent trips
to the top of the hill to the northwest of Nazareth for prayer and meditation.
He was gradually becoming more self-conscious of the nature of his bestowal
This hill, a little more than one hundred years previously, had been the "high
place of Baal," and now it was the site of the tomb of Simeon, a reputed holy
man of Israel. From the summit of this hill of Simeon, Jesus looked out over
Nazareth and the surrounding country. He would gaze upon Megiddo and recall
the story of the Egyptian army winning its first great victory in Asia; and
how, later on, another such army defeated the Judean king Josiah. Not far away
he could look upon Taanach, where Deborah and
Sisera. In the
distance he could view the hills of
Dothan, where he had been taught Joseph's
brethren sold him into Egyptian slavery. He then would shift his gaze over to
Ebal and Gerizim and recount to himself the traditions of Abraham, Jacob, and
Abimelech. And thus he recalled and turned over in his mind the historic and
traditional events of his father Joseph's people.
He continued to carry on his advanced courses of reading under the synagogue
teachers, and he also continued with the home education of his brothers and
sisters as they grew up to suitable ages.
Early this year Joseph arranged to set aside the income from his Nazareth and
Capernaum property to pay for Jesus' long course of study at Jerusalem, it having
been planned that he should go to Jerusalem in August of the following year
when he would be fifteen years of age.
By the beginning of this year both Joseph and Mary entertained frequent doubts
about the destiny of their first-born son. He was indeed a brilliant and lovable
child, but he was so difficult to understand, so hard to fathom, and again,
nothing extraordinary or miraculous ever happened. Scores of times had his proud
mother stood in breathless anticipation, expecting to see her son engage in
some superhuman or miraculous performance, but always were her hopes dashed
down in cruel disappointment. And all this was discouraging, even disheartening.
The devout people of those days truly believed that prophets and men of promise
always demonstrated their calling and established their divine authority by
performing miracles and working wonders. But Jesus did none of these things;
wherefore was the confusion of his parents steadily increased as they contemplated
The improved economic condition of the Nazareth family was reflected in many
ways about the home and especially in the increased number of smooth white boards
which were used as writing slates, the writing being done with charcoal. Jesus
was also permitted to resume his music lessons; he was very fond of playing
Throughout this year it can truly be said that Jesus "grew in favor with man
and with God." The prospects of the family seemed good; the future was bright.