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What details does the Bible have about Jesus' birth and childhood?

The Quran has a story where Jesus miraculously spoke from the cradle:

O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil, nor was your mother unchaste."

So she pointed to him. They said, "How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?"

[Jesus] said, "Indeed, I am the servant of Allah . He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet.

And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah as long as I remain alive

And [made me] dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant.

And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive."

That is Jesus, the son of Mary - the word of truth about which they are in dispute.

http://quran.com/19 verse 30 onwards

Is this story in the Bible?

Is there a specific section in the Bible that focuses on Jesus' childhood?

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Simply stated There is nothing in the Bible that even remotely resembles, Jesus speaking as a baby. –  Bye Feb 26 at 17:37
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about an assertion, not explainable by any Biblical Scriptures, and any answer given would have to be opinion. –  Bye Feb 26 at 17:42
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That is not what I said! There are references to such things as the family going to Egypt, and such, but any reference to Jesus performing any miracles as a child simply do not exist, every indication we have in the Bible shows Jesus as an average type baby. The first miracle of Jesus as far as the Bible goes is him turning water into wine. Every miracle Jesus performed was clearly meant to show the power of God. –  Bye Feb 26 at 19:25
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@Cecil The question clearly asks if this story from the Quran is also in the Bible. Straight forward question, which I answered above. No opinion necessary. –  fredsbend Feb 26 at 20:55
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This is interesting as I thought Islam taught that Jesus did not die, but this verse clearly indicates that He did. –  Narnian Mar 19 at 16:01

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The life of Jesus is recorded separately in four different books of the Bible. These four books are collectively called The Gospels. Some of them record details of Jesus early life and some do not:

  • Matthew - Records His birth and then a visit from the wise men before fleeing from Herod to Egypt. The book then skips to His baptism as an adult.
  • Mark - Contains no information about His childhood.
  • Luke - Records His birth and circumcision. The book then skips to an incident when He was twelve years old and visited the temple. It then jumps to his baptism as an adult.
  • John - Contains no information about His childhood.

The closest thing that the Bible comes to describing the rest of Jesus' early life is the following verse:

Luke 2:40 (NASB)

The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

As you can see, none of the Gospels describe the incident that you quoted from the Quran, nor any of the circumstances surrounding it. I am unaware of any mainstream Christians who would consider that story in the Quran to be an accurate account.

Although the Bible doesn't address Jesus' childhood in detail, it does describe a time when Jesus, during His public ministry as an adult, visited His home town of Nazareth. The events that happened there may indirectly shed some light on His childhood:

Matthew 13:53-58 (NASB)

When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there. He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

Also, see Mark 6:1-6 for a parallel account. Although that passage does not specifically say so, it does seem to imply that Jesus did not regularly perform miracles during his childhood.

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