The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 134: Section 7.
The Thirty-First Year (A.D. 25)
When Jesus returned from the journey to the Caspian Sea, he knew that his world
travels were about finished. He made only one more trip outside of Palestine,
and that was into Syria. After a brief visit to Capernaum, he went to Nazareth,
stopping over a few days to visit. In the middle of April he left Nazareth for
Tyre. From there he journeyed on north, tarrying for a few days at Sidon, but
his destination was Antioch.
This is the year of Jesus' solitary wanderings through Palestine and Syria.
Throughout this year of travel he was known by various names in different parts
of the country: the carpenter of Nazareth, the boatbuilder of Capernaum, the
scribe of Damascus, and the teacher of Alexandria.
At Antioch the Son of Man lived for over two months, working, observing, studying,
visiting, ministering, and all the while learning how man lives, how he thinks,
feels, and reacts to the environment of human existence. For three weeks of
this period he worked as a tentmaker. He remained longer in Antioch than at
any other place he visited on this trip. Ten years later, when the Apostle Paul
was preaching in Antioch and heard his followers speak of the doctrines of the
Damascus scribe, he little knew that his pupils had heard the voice,
and listened to the teachings, of the Master himself.
From Antioch Jesus journeyed south along the coast to Caesarea, where he tarried
for a few weeks, continuing down the coast to Joppa. From Joppa he traveled
Ashdod, and Gaza. From Gaza he took the inland trail to Beersheba,
where he remained for a week.
Jesus then started on his final tour, as a private individual, through the heart
of Palestine, going from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north. On this
journey northward he stopped at Hebron, Bethlehem (where he saw his birthplace),
Jerusalem (he did not visit Bethany),
Lebonah, Sychar, Shechem, Samaria,
Gannim, Endor, Madon; passing through Magdala and Capernaum, he journeyed
on north; and passing east of the Waters of Merom, he went by
Karahta to Dan,
or Caesarea Philippi.
The indwelling Thought Adjuster now led Jesus to forsake the dwelling places
of men and betake himself up to Mount Hermon that he might finish his work of
mastering his human mind and complete the task of effecting his full consecration
to the remainder of his lifework on earth.
This was one of those unusual and extraordinary epochs in the Master's earth
life on Urantia. Another and very similar one was the experience he passed through
when alone in the hills near Pella just subsequent to his baptism. This period
of isolation on Mount Hermon marked the termination of his purely human career,
that is, the technical termination of the mortal bestowal, while the later isolation
marked the beginning of the more divine phase of the bestowal. And Jesus lived
alone with God for six weeks on the slopes of Mount Hermon.