Pastor Rob explained this yesterday as:
- Jewish boys at the time of Jesus memorized the Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible) by the age of 10, starting at 6.
- If you were an exceptional student and "made the grade", you were promoted and got to memorize the rest of the Old Testament by the time you were 14.
- If you were exceptional with that, you graduated and were then taught the the theology and traditions behind the law until you were 18.
- A hand picked number of boys then actually got to study with a rabbi... If you were a good student with good character. You would then become a rabbi yourself at around 30.
Little did they know what they were in for!