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The Middle Class Jesus

A Tract Book Essay


Anthony J. Fejfar, J.D., Esq., Coif

© Copyright 2007 by Anthony J. Fejfar

I have a radical argument to make. I argue that Jesus of Nazareth

was a middle class person, not poor. Let us first look to the home which

Jesus most probably lived in. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus was a

carpenter and a furniture maker. In every culture, even today’s culture, a

carpenter doing finish carpentry or a hand made furniture maker is a skilled

tradesman, and middle class. I argue that Jesus grew up in a middle class

household and received a middle class education. Jesus’ education was

probably that of a Hellenistic Jew, giving him a very good classical greek

education in addition to the Torah.

I also argue that Jesus was a Jewish lawyer with a graduate education,

perhaps even a Sadducee. I argue that the Saddducees believed in

reincarnation rather than life after death in “Heaven.” I argue that Jesus

not only was a rabbi or teacher, but was also a member of the Sanhedrin. I

argue that Jesus was a radical lawyer who dedicated his life to the call of the

book of Isaiah for social justice. By the time of his public ministry, Jesus

from probably disbarred or expelled from the Sanhedrin for heresy. In any

event, as an adult, I argue that Jesus of Nazareth was a professional, with a

professional education and a middle class lifestyle. Some may think my

argument that Jesus was a lawyer is unfounded, but it is no more unfounded

than the argument that Jesus was an illiterate, itinerant preacher.