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PostRe : RELIGION:: Christ's lost years. (John Eipper, USA, 09/17/05 2:19 pm)
We discussed theories about the lost years of Jesus Christ. Did he go to India? Was he influenced by Buddhism? Mike Bonnie writes: I haven't delved into it yet but, sitting on my shelf is the book, The Lost Years of Jesus: Documentary Evidence of Jesus' 17-year Journey to the East" by Elizabeth Clare Prophet (Summit University Press, 1987). I wonder if that's her real name? RH: It was her husband's name. Wikipedia says of her: Elizabeth Clare Prophet is an American woman who became the leader of the New Age new religious movement Church Universal and Triumphant after her husband Mark Prophet passed away. She is now seriously ill and the leadership has been taken over by a three-person presidency. She co-authored dozens of books, including Kabbalah: Key to Your Inner Power, Climb the Highest Mountain, and The Masters and Their Retreats. Their general theme is ascension, knowing self as the "I Am Presence," and delineations of how mankind arrived at its present situation, with constructive steps for the individual and society.
As for The Lost Years of Jesus, the publisher says: The Gospels record Jesus age 12 in the temple, then age 30 at the river Jordan. Where was he in the interim? Ancient Buddhist manuscripts say Jesus left Palestine and traveled to India, Nepal, Ladakh and Tibet. For the first time, Prophet brings together the testimony of four eyewitnesses of these remarkable manuscripts plus three different translations of the texts. Illustrated with maps, drawings and 79 photos.
The book has been translated into many languages. Alain de Benoist says its theory is not taken seriously, but it has had some good reviews, e.g. "Mrs. Prophet's book has pushed the debate to a critical threshold."
--Richard Shek, Ph.D., specialist in ancient Chinese religion
"Well written and provocative. The research was not only thorough and accurate but very, very careful."
--Robert S. Ravicz, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, California State University, Northridge
"Behind all legends and traditions is hidden truth. We know Jesus said, 'Other sheep have I, which are not of this fold.' While archaeology only traces the roots of the Buddhists as springing from the Sacae and Getae portions of the 'lost tribes of Israel' that migrated eastward as both conquerors and teachers, it remained for Elizabeth Clare Prophet to breathe life into the ancient Buddhist records and documents relating to that portion of the life of Jesus."
--E. Raymond Capt, archeologist, author of The Traditions of Glastonbury
RH: I am not endorsing the book. I am simply saying that I have known serious people who accept its theories and that is deserves an objective and scholarly assessment.