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In the first century, a 12-year-old would have been well along in their life since:


-a third of those born would have died by age 6;

-60% by their mid-teens;

-by their mid-twenties 75%;

-90% by their mid-forties; and

-maybe 3% reached their 60s.


Bruce J. Malina and Richard L. Rohrbaugh, Social-Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1992) 211.

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