Would Jesus have gone to Uni?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by katie ta achoo, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    A friend and I were walking to my car after class. We stopped to watch a bird eating a snake.
    She posed a question to me, out of the blue: If Universities were around in biblical times, would Jesus have gone to University?

    I thought that he wouldn't-- Wouldn't his father have given him all the knowledge in the world that he needed to know? Instead of being cooped up in class, he was out doin' miracles and the like.

    What do y'all think?
  2. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    Well he became a carpenter under his dad's instruction didn't he? And apparently he didn't really start doing miracles and stuff until he was about 30. So I guess in between all those years he made stuff out of wood.

    I'm not really sure if he would have gone to uni or not though.
  3. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Yes, I think he would have. I mean, according to the Bible, at one point, he was sent to the temple to learn text off of some of the old scrolls, no? (It's been ages since I've read the Bible, can't really remember any details. :eek:)
  4. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    Not to make my ingnorance too obvious, but was Jesus literate? Google points me here as the "only evidence" of his literacy (somehow I think Google is dragging me into shallow water).
  5. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    Most people in that time period were illiterate.
    a page about Jesus' hidden life, comes:
    But would he have gone to Uni for the intellectual pursuits of it all? My friends and I aren't doing anything really productive in school (yet). I mean, we're talking about if an ancient figure would've gone to college or not!
  6. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Joseph kind of drops out of the narrative after the big trip to Jerusalem, so it's frequently assumed that he died around that time. That would have left Jesus to put off further education plans and help out with the family, as the oldest kid. Being allowed to read at the synagogue, it can be assumed that he did complete his primary education.
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    I think that he would not have gone. While there were no universities, there were certainly centers of learning - let's not forget that this was during the Roman Empire - and there are no signs he went to any of them.
  8. obeygiant macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    totally cool
    What? Are you serious? I think young boys/men had to memorize the torah by age thirteen.

  9. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    Am I serious? The question of his literacy seems legit enough to me. While an oral tradition is a form of literacy, I don't see how memorizing a text is conclusive evidence of being able to read/write.

    KT -- what if I mess with your question? "If Jesus were an 18 year old westerner graduating High School in June, would he be going to college in September?" Then suddenly we're talking about his dedication to learning vs. his dedication to social action, and, maybe more importantly, whether the two can be wed/integrated in today's post-secondary setup.

    Then, maybe I just want to talk about how borked our educational structures are. ;)
  10. katie ta achoo thread starter macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    I think that's more how we meant the question, it just wasn't phrased that way. :p
    I think his dedication to social action would completely override his dedication to learning. But what if he were getting a degree in social work or the like? A major that dovetails in with his cause...

    *scratches head*
  11. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    Who knows?

    Jesus was in his early thirties when he was killed, and history has virtually no record of anything about him prior to 1-2 years before his death.
  12. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
  13. xsedrinam macrumors 601


    Oct 21, 2004
    Whether or not one accepts the veracity and infallibility of the Luke/Acts document is another issue, so a biblical citing would not serve as any proof text of the literacy of the historical Jesus.

    However, Luke 4:16-30 (American Standard Version) is a passage which depicts Jesus as having read, publicly, from Isaiah.

    16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and he entered, as his custom was, into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up to read.
    17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And he opened the book, and found the place where it was written,
    18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because he anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor: He hath sent me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovering of sight to the blind, To set at liberty them that are bruised,
    19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
    20 And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down: and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on him....

    This would only address his literacy. Whether or not he would have enrolled in Uni is left to speculation, as well.
  14. Ugg macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2003
    xsedrinam and obeygiant's quotes show that Jesus was able to memorize and possibly read but that doesn't point to a literate man. The vast majority of knowledge for even the next 1500 years was passed on orally. My guess is that he was more literate than most in his era but not "learned".

    I can't imagine him spending all his youth engaged in rote memorization. He was supposedly a man of the people, not of the elite. A learned Jesus goes against the grain.

    As far as today is concerned, I doubt it. He would be an activist serving the needs of the downtrodden and oppressed. Empty rhetoric wouldn't cut it for him. He'd be found in youth centers or clinics for the poor or on the streets helping the homeless.

    That of course, brings up the point of how Jesus would be treated if he were to appear today. Probably not very well, anyone who washes a prostitute's or junkie's feet isn't going to get a lot of attention from MOST of American's xians.
  15. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    If Jesus were alive today, the Christian right would be calling him a spineless, hippy, liberal, socialist, communist, terrorist loving, traitor who needed to get a job and a haircut. Not all, but the neocons and extremists certainly who talk a good game, but are hypocrites like Jesus spoke out against. Hiding behind religion to justify terrible behavior and money and power. Most of them wouldn't know Jesus if he smacked them in the face.

    And if you didn't just say to yourself "but Jesus wouldn't do that" you've proven my point.
  16. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    Absolutely no idea, but I am fairly sure he would use a Mac :)

  17. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    Tell me he wouldn't turn Aqua into WINE!
  18. pengu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2005
    Diddily Daddily...
    I can tell you 100% without a doubt that Jesus never went to any kind of learning institute, nor COULD he.

    do you know why?

    They all have this CRAZY rule saying you have to EXIST before you can attend classes.
  19. dcv macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    Nah, probably for the booze, bongs and nekked ladies :D
  20. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    well see, there are historical records of him, so he did exist, whether or not he was god is another matter and up for plenty of contention, but surely a man who caused some religious trouble for the romans existed at that time, in that area.
  21. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
  22. calculus Guest


    Dec 12, 2005
    I'd like to have seen his application form...
  23. pengu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2005
    Diddily Daddily...
    there are "historical records" that say the world is flat and that it is the centre of the universe.
  24. a456 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2005
    I have seen Jesus at many universities, or at least someone that looks very much like him - long hair, beard, etc. He's been going to them since the sixties.:D
  25. geese macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    London, UK
    Lame arguement. Those assertions were scientifically proved to be false eventually. There is plenty of historical evidence for that. Just as there is for Jesus. His existence isnt under scrutiny. There is alot of evidence that he was a nuisence in Roman times.

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