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I wonder if the idea of a boy being Bar Mitzvah predated its period of first record (in the Talmudic era), in some form or other. The Oral Law consisted of oral customs handed down from one generation to the next, and the consideration of a person as being a "Bar Mitzvah" may have merely been set in print in the Talmudic era after numerous generations of Jewish boys had grown up with intensive scriptural education around the younger teenage years. I suspect that the term "Bar Mitzvah" may have started as a neologism for an older status of age for a Jewish child. Of course, all this is speculation; thus it is on the talk page and not in the article. — Rickyrab | Talk 21:00, 27 February 2007 (UTC)
Thus, it would not have been unusual for people to go about teaching older children and young adults (like Jesus) Torah, and the more intelligent children (again, like Jesus) might've been interested in learning and talking with experts (such as rabbis and whatever served as the equivalent of a rabbi among the Sadduccees). As for Jesus being found in the Temple, that must've taken some time and effort. The Temple area and associated plaza was and is a big place, and it was at its grandest in the Herodian era, when Jesus was alive (and shortly after). — Rickyrab | Talk 21:07, 27 February 2007 (UTC)