Did Jesus speak when he was a baby?
No. The Bible makes no reference to this or of Jesus being in
any way different to a normal baby except for the manner of His
Only two ancient religious texts speak of Jesus at all. The
Bible and The Qur'an.
The Qur'an foretells that Jesus will speak as a baby (He shall
preach to men in his cradle and in the prime of manhood, and shall
lead a righteous life. Sura 3:46) . It later states that Jesus
spoke as a baby stating "I am indeed a Servant of Allah. He will
give me revelations and make me a Prophet." 19:29-30).
The Apocryphal books of the Bible support this story in the
Infancy Gospels. These books were not included in the Bible as it
is compiled today
Talking baby myths are not unique to these two religions. The
Buddha is aid to have walked and spoken immediately after his birth
(circa 600 BCE) saying, after he took s seven steps north "I am
chief of the world, Eldest am I in the world, Foremost am I in the
world. This is the last birth. There is now no more coming to
European myths of talking babies usually source such mystical
event as the child being a changeling.
This question in some way supposes that Jesus was different to
other babies and that he had divine powers that would allow him to
do what other babies could not.
However, there is one indisputable reason that Jesus did not and
could not utter intelligible words as a baby. The larynx of a baby
is high in the throat, just as it is in all other mammals, allowing
the baby to suckle and breathe at the same time. As we grow older,
the larynx descends, creating a larger cavity above the larynx,
called the pharynx. Once the larynx descends, we can no longer
swallow and breathe at the same time. It is the pharynx that allows
humans to make the complex sounds necessary for speech. Apart from
all other reasons for a baby not being able to speak, either his
larynx had not yet descended and he could not speak, or it had
descended and he could not suck milk.