Due to the censorship of time and doubt, most of the documents and oral stories chronicling the early life of Jesus were destroyed, lost, or forgotten. After 25 years of research, during which author Glenn Kimball visited museums, Indian tribes, medicine men, and universities, he assembled some of the missing links and unsolved mysteries of Jesus' early life. What are some of these hidden stories?
"For example, Joseph was reported from many sources to have been much older than the 15-year-old Mary, and a widower with four children.... James and Simon are well known to have been brothers of Jesus, but few understand that they were His older brothers," according to Kimball. Perhaps more surprising is that Jesus was most likely born with the help of a midwife named Solome in a cave outside Bethlehem near the ancient tomb of Rachel. Readers may also be surprised to read that Jesus might have been persecuted and nailed to the cross as much for his insistence on allowing young women and wives to study with him as for his assertion that he was the Son of God.
Like believing in Christianity, believing in these stories is an act of faith. Despite Kimball's impressive research, scholars could no doubt argue the validity of his findings for centuries hence. Nonetheless, it is a valuable and intriguing collection of stories that briefly (the book is only 96 pages long) recount the legends of Christ's childhood, including his early acts of healing, miracles, and his first childhood encounter with a Satan-possessed, biting child named Judas. --Gail Hudson
Glenn Kimball's Hidden Stories Of The Childhood Of Jesus is the first narrative written in a book format that details the pre-adult life of Jesus in a series of stories based on twenty-five years of research from ancient documents discovered in middle eastern caves and abandoned church archives. Many of the unanswered questions that people ask today concerning the early life of Jesus and the Holy family are answered with this slender (96 pages) and informative book. The childhood of Jesus as been of intense interest to Christian communities and scholars for two thousand years. While the canonical gospels make scant mention of the childhood of Jesus, the apocryphal stories of the child Jesus are more plentiful (and some would say, fanciful). Hidden Stories Of The Childhood Of Jesus is informative, challenging, provocative, controversial and engaging reading. The acceptance Kimball's interpretations of these stories is the province of the individual reader, but there is no denying the scholarship and the data. Hidden Stories Of The Childhood Of Jesus is fascinating and informative reading. -- Midwest Book Review