Q. There are dozens of accounts about Jesus’ childhood. Most are fanciful, others are reported as “factual” in varying degrees. Is there any account of Jesus’ childhood that you feel confident to recommend as the “most factual”?
A. Except for one reference to Jesus “getting lost” while returning from Jerusalem when He was 12 (Luke 2:41-49) the Bible offers no information on the Lord’s life from infancy until age 30 (Luke 3:23). None of the accounts of His early years met the standard for inclusion in the New Testament. To me that says they are neither reliable testimonies, nor are they relevant to His ministry.