The Young Messiah

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Genre Drama
Director Cyrus Nowrasteh
Cast Adam Greaves-Neal, Vincent Walsh, Sara Lazzaro
  • Release Date 08/12/2016
  • Category IIA
  • Duration 111 mins
  • Country The USA

There is a rich history of Jesus movies that have dramatised Jesus’ ministry and crucifixion, but none have ever glimpsed into his life as a boy. What kind of child was he? What was his family like? What kind of parents were Joseph and Mary? How could they guide and protect this special child?

The 7-year-old Messiah

This film takes place during one year in Jesus’ life when he was seven. Young Jesus and his family leave Egypt for their home in Israel. Joseph and Mary are fully aware of the dangers of their world: King Herod has assumed the throne and he’s worried because everyone’s talking about a Messiah, a boy who’s performing miracles. That’s a threat to his power.

Apart from the corrupt King Herod, there is also civil unrest and a brutal occupying Roman force. The family face crises and foes large and small, with love, fidelity, humour and especially faith.

At the heart of this film is a tale about the struggle of a family trying to cope with a child who is realising how very different he is from everyone else.

The Book

In 2005, Anne Rice wrote a fictional account of the childhood of a young Jesus Christ, entitled Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.

The author said she chose this time period to write about because in human development at age seven, a human being starts to look inward. It’s the first time a child says, ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What am I going to be when I grow up?’ as opposed to ‘I’m hungry’ or ‘I’m cold’. It’s their first look inside, and this happened to coincide with the year the first King Herod died. So she lined up those two things and thought, what an interesting time for this young boy to be looking inward and to wonder who he is.


  • Jesus

    The Messiah.

  • Mary

    To Christians, she is probably the most important female character in the history of mankind as the mother of Jesus.

  • Joseph

    Mary’s husband, he is a carpenter who has been given the task to raise and protect Jesus.