How much do you really know about the historical Jesus?
1/ In what year (approximately) was Jesus born?
2/ What town or village was he born in?
3/ What religion were his parents?
4/ What name was he given at birth?
5/ Who baptized him?
6/ Which tribe did he belong to?
7/ Which province of the Roman Empire did he grow up in?
8/ What surgical procedure did he undergo as a small boy?
9/ What prayer did he recite twice a day?
10/ Could Jesus read and write?
11/ Apart from Aramaic, what other language did Jesus probably have a smattering of?
12/ What did Jesus do for a living?
13/ A couple of miles from his birthplace was a very large city where he may have worked. It is not mentioned in the bible. What was its name?
14/ What does ‘Christ’ mean?
15/ How many years did Jesus preach for?
16/ How many times did Jesus meet Paul?
17/ Which new gospel of the sayings of Jesus was unearthed in Nag Hammadi in Egypt in the middle of the 20th century?
18/ Which 2 of Jesus’ siblings wrote books of the bible?
19/ Who was the first woman apostle?
20/ What king was Jesus said to be descended from?
1/ 6-4 B.C.E.
2/ Nazareth (not Bethlehem!)
4/ In his native tongue of Aramaic his name was Yeshua, or Yeshu for short
5/ John the Baptist, or Baptizer
6/ Judah, one of the twelve tribes of Israel
9/ The She’ma (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
10/ No, he was almost certainly illiterate
12/ The Greek word ‘tekton’ probably means not so much a carpenter as a day labourer in the building trade
14/ The title means ‘anointed’. In Hebrew that’s ‘Messiah’.
16/ They never met, though Paul claimed that having a vision of Jesus was as good as meeting him in the flesh
17/ The gospel of Thomas
18/ James and Jude
19/ Junia. There’s more than one list. Paul mentions her in Romans 16:7
20/ King David