[quote=wcknight]Old age is all relative, to a young child 33 is an old man, for a elderly person today, 33 is very young.
Yeah, but 2,000 years ago you were lucky to make it out of childhood, and more than likely all you were going to see was 28 years. Unless you were a member of an elite aristocracy like Julius Caesar, died age 56, you ended your days ~28.
Jesus unlike most folks of His time was probably in very good health. So I don’t think matching him with the average life expectancy of His time period is a valid accessment.
The only reason I believe for not matching Jesus with the average life expectancy was because he was the Lord. Otherwise, unless Jesus had an above average upbringing, he was subjected to the same living conditions, diseases, low quality of food, occupational hazards, exposure to murder or robbery, exposure to the elements, overwork, as any other Palestinian Jewish carpenter of the first century.
It was considered a real blessing in those days, if one lived long enough to see their childrens children.
That is true of any day of any culture, not just in Palestine 2,000 years ago.
Since folks got married in their teenage years back then, living past your mid thirties would have been considered old. Probably mid 40’s and 50 were considered very old, and 70 almost unheard of except for the patriachs. If you were 70, you could probably expect to see your great grandchildren.
Two thousand years ago nobody made it to 70 years old just as nobody makes it to 150 today. Folks married as teenagers back then because they had to in order to survive; most women died in childbirth, most children never reached adulthood. Julius Caesar got married at age 18. Girls had babies as soon as they reached pueberty in order to perpetuate the species, the world population at the time of Christ was only about 350 million humans; sixty million of which made up the Roman Empire at its height in 180 A.D.
In ancient China, a venerable old sage with flowing white hair and a white beard was a robust 50!
I would guess that 33 would be considered late middle age, but Jesus was probably fit as a fiddle and more like folks of today. You would have to be to survive 40 days in the desert and later walk on water !!!
Don’t forget that most first century Palestinian Jews did not make it to age 28, so for Jesus to be a healthy 33 year old man, he would have had the constitution of an Olympic athlete on steroids.