- At five years old a person should study the Scriptures
- at ten years for the Mishnah,
- at thirteen for the commandments,
- at fifteen for the Talmud,
- at eighteen for the bridechamber,
- at twenty for one’s life pursuit,
- at thirty for authority,
- at forty for discernment,
- at fifty for counsel,
- at sixty to be an elder,
- at seventy for gray hairs,
- at eighty for special strength (Psalm 90:10),
- at ninety for decrepitude, and
- at a hundred a man is as one who has already died and has ceased from the affairs of this world.
For more information about the human life cycle and its depiction in different cultural traditions, see Thomas Armstrong, The Human Odyssey: Navigating the Twelve Stages of Life.
This article was brought to you by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. and www.institute4learning.com.
Follow me on Twitter: @Dr_Armstrong