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Wow, Kathy! Your 4th paragraph full of questions could take up a full hour or two in a discussion. All of them were excellent.
I agree, I’m going to read the Gospels again to number the strangers that Jesus encountered. Add to this, the fact that Nazareth was part of the “Land Bridge” between East and West and add those to Jesus’ encounter as a young boy and early adult and the number grows almost exponentially. These strangers would surely have come to Joseph’s carpentry shop for repairs to their wagons, etc. I wonder what influence he got from them as how he influenced them as they passed through.
Wonderful thoughts. Thanks, Kathy.