GERMANY - Record of Jesus’ Childhood?

Arno Froese

Researchers in Germany have decoded what they say is the oldest-ever manuscript detailing Jesus Christ’s life as a child.

The document had been stored at a library in Hamburg, Germany, as no one believed the document was of any significance.

“The fragment is of extraordinary interest for research,” Lajos Berkes, a professor and one of the researchers who decoded the document said in a press release. “On the one hand, because we were able to date it to the 4th to 5th century, making it the earliest known copy. On the other hand, because we were able to gain new insights into the transmission of the text.”

“We first noticed the word Jesus in the text. Then, by comparing it with numerous other digitized papyri, we deciphered it letter by letter and quickly realized that it could not be an everyday document.”

Berkes said the document is a fragment of the Gospel of Thomas, an apocryphal book that was not included in the Bible. The gospel offers details about Jesus’ life as a child before his ministry., 12 June 2024

Arno's Commentary

When Jesus was 12 years of age, Luke 2:40 reports: “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.”

We know from Scripture that the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that the child “shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35b). Even the diabolical underworld had to confess: “And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God” (Luke 4:41a).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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