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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)
I suggest a different title: Jesus among the Doctors
At least in art, the subject appears to be most frequently labeled Jesus among the Doctors or something of the sort, Finding in the Temple seems a vague title. The thrust of the event was not merely that Jesus gravitated to the temple but that he held his own among the notables there. Again the visual focus of the title need not be the title for the written story, but does this title pick a focus?Rococo1700 (talk) 23:58, 20 February 2016 (UTC)
’‘Among the Teachers’’, Vasiliiy Polenov, 1896.
’‘Boy Jesus in the Temple’’, John Linnell, 1843. Tate Gallery.
’‘Boy Jesus in the Temple’’, Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, 1851-60.
Yes, leave as is. In my experience, Christ/Jesus among the Doctors is only used for the subject in art, while Finding in the Temple is more usual in general religious contexts, as the ghits suggest. There are redirects, and might be more, and the article covers both aspects, though at present the art side is longer. Johnbod (talk) 03:44, 21 February 2016 (UTC)