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Jesus Early Years

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Jesus early years

Jesus early years

Jesus Early Years

The Gospels bring scant mentions about the life of Jesus during youth and early adulthood. Luke registers a debate with priests in the Temple when Jesus was twelve and jumps to his baptism when he was thirty.

Where did Jesus spent his life during the unrecorded period? Some suggest that he went to Asia, where he received Buddhist training. There is a very early Christian community in Malabar on the west coast of India, but founded by the apostle Thomas, not Jesus.

Some suggest that Jesus lived these non-recorded years in Egypt. The Jewish community in Alexandria, Egypt, was large and influential at the time of Jesus. In Egypt, Jesus had the possibility of getting closer to the Zealots, a Jewish sect that opposed the Roman domination of Israel. But it is likely that Jesus took another path, a more mystical one.

There was a community in Egypt, called the Therapeutae, dedicated to the cure of body and soul. Among the Therapeutae, women were considered equals, what calls our attention to the criticism Jesus received from some apostles for his friendly attitude toward the women of his entourage. Let’s not forget the strong patriarchal attitude prevailing in Israel at the time of Jesus.

The Therapeut sect was composed of well-educated and wealthy Alexandrians who chose to give up their riches and dedicate their life to meditation and prayer.

The Therapeuts were mystics and visionaries and interpreted the Old Testament symbolically and not as factual truth. This explains some of the enigmatic sayings of Jesus; we have to read them symbolically when searching for its hidden messages.

We already discussed some of these enigmatic sayings, like the ones in the Gospel of Thomas (Saying 1Saying 2Saying 3, Saying 4).– Matthew 10:34-36 (Man against Father)Lucas 6-5 (Son of Man is Lord of Sabbath).

I’m Roberto Lima Netto, a Jungian. I write Jungian books –  The Jungian BibleThe Little Prince for Grownups — and Psychological thrillers – The Amazon Shaman, – In Search of Happiness.





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Os Evangelhos trazem pouca luz sobre a vida de Jesus durante sua juventude e início da idade adulta. Lucas registra um debate com os sacerdotes no templo, quando Jesus tinha doze anos e salta para o seu batismo quando tinha trinta anos.

Onde é que Jesus passou sua vida durante o período sem registro? Alguns sugerem que ele foi para a Ásia, onde recebeu treinamento budista. Há uma comunidade cristã muito antiga em Malabar, na costa oeste da Índia, mas que teria sido fundada pelo apóstolo Tomé, e não Jesus.

Alguns sugerem que Jesus viveu esses anos não registrados no Egito. A comunidade judaica de Alexandria era grande e influente na época de Jesus. No Egito, Jesus tinha a possibilidade de ficar mais perto dos zelotes, uma seita judaica que se opunha à dominação romana de Israel. Mas é provável que Jesus tenha tomado outro caminho, um caminho mais místico.

Havia uma comunidade no Egito, chamado de Terapeutas, dedicada à cura do corpo e da alma. Entre os Terapeutas, as mulheres eram consideradas iguais, o que chama nossa atenção para as críticas que Jesus recebeu de alguns seguidores por sua atitude amigável para com as mulheres de sua comitiva. Não vamos esquecer a forte atitude patriarcal que prevalecia em Israel no tempo de Jesus.

A seita dos Terapeutas tinha muitos judeus alexandrinos bem-educados e ricos que optavam por abandonar suas riquezas e dedicar sua vida à meditação e à oração.

Os Terapeutas eram místicos e interpretavam o Velho Testamento, simbolicamente, e não como verdade fatual. Isso explica algumas das palavras enigmáticas de Jesus que devemos ler simbolicamente para entender susas mensagens ocultas.

Já explicamos alguns desses: Evangelho de Tomé (#1#2#3#4).– Mateus 10:34-36 (Filho contra Pai) – Lucas 6-5 (Homem senhor do sábado).


I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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