◊ DestinyTurtle ◊ Posted September 15, 2018 Share Posted September 15, 2018 This is a random question that has been popping in my head lately, in a broader context of thought about how often we completely misinterpret or misrepresent history or mythology by projecting it in the modern context, which is very different in ways we don't normally think about. Jesus's crucifixion is often represented as a tragic, untimely death of a shining prophet/teacher/son-of-god in his prime. It's usually understood that he died around the age of 33, which seems really young to us. However, consider that the average life expectancy was a lot shorter back then. When I look up historical trends of life expectancies in Wikipedia, it says for Classical Rome it was from ages 20-30 (if you lived past 10 your expectancy goes up to 47, but let's be honest - that's probably for wealthy Romans and not for wandering vagabond prophets). I keep wondering whether he was actually considered relatively old at the time of his death, or at least long past his prime. I wonder if anyone who is more educated or well read on the historical context has anything to add to or clarify on this. I am also interested in any additional thoughts about how differing context of age/aging changes the meaning or impression of biblical stories and perspective. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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