Jesus Was a Teacher The documents describing Jesus’s career—the four Gospels—make clear that he was a teacher. He proclaimed, and he instructed; the New Testament makes little distinction between these two activities. In dozens of instances, his contemporaries referred to him as “teacher” or a related term such as “rabbi,” and he accepted the description (Mark 10:17–18; John 13:13).1 Writers who compare Jesus’s teaching to a Western schooling model of education tend to approve of all his techniques. Educator H.…