In the biography of Jesus, as described in detail in the Gospels, there is a mysterious gap. After a 12-year visit to Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem in Luke 2, in the next chapter Jesus appears about 30 years. What happened during that approximately 18-year period of time that encompasses the youth of Jesus and youth is one of the most intriguing mysteries in history. This gave rise to both scientific research and dozens of popular books, the latter being filled with theories that Jesus disappeared to join a secretive monastic sect in the Judean desert or ventured to India, Japan, Tibet, or Britain.
Here are some of the explanations that have been offered over the years for Jesus missing years:
Jesus stayed in Nazareth. The simplest and least complicated scenario for Jesus’ absent years is that he stayed in his hometown, probably working on the carpentry trade of Father Joseph and studying Jewish scriptures, and became the head of the family after Joseph’s death. As Addison Dare Crabtree noted in his 1884 book The Journey of Jesus, the sons were usually required to study the professions of their fathers, Mark 6 seems to support this by talking about how Jesus began teaching in a local synagogue, people were surprised that The familiar Man from their community had such wisdom. Is not it a carpenter? They supposedly asked. As Crabtree suggested: it seems that Jesus grew to the state of masculinity working with his hands, while he gained wisdom and knowledge from the great book of nature, revealed everything about his house in the mountains, and also about the perfect understanding of written revelation, the Jewish fathers .
Jesus became a disciple of John the Baptist. In his book Rabbi Jesus: Intimate Biography, Bruce Chilton questions the notion of Jesus staying in his hometown, because the gospels do not mention that he is trying to get married and start a family, which means that the village youth who just stayed At home, done. Instead, Chilton believes that Jesus did not return home 12 years after visiting the Temple, but instead remained and eventually became a follower of John, who taught him his philosophy. Chilton argues that he had a naughty, brave spirit. He did not become a passionate religious genius, dissolving the usual piety of the village, which he almost did not accept.
Jesus had a rebellious, brave spirit.
Jesus went to the Himalayas and there he studied there with mystics. As early as 1894, a Russian named Nikolai Notovich published a report on his trip to the secluded monastery of Himis in Tibet, where he claimed that a manuscript of the 3rd century AD was shown, explaining that Jesus lost years. During this time, presumably, he was associated with Jesus Issa, as the monks called him trained yogis in India, Nepal and Tibet. But the story of Notovichs began to unravel after skeptics visited the same monastery and talked with the main monk who reportedly called it Lie, Lie, Lie, nothing but Lies! Notovitch later admitted that he had not been shown any manuscript, as he had originally claimed, but by that time his confidence had been cut. However, other visitors to Tibet later claimed to have seen a mysterious manuscript as well, and variations of the Notovichs explanation for Jesus lost years reappeared again in recent years.
Jesus went to Qumrn and studied in the sect of the Essenes. Some suggested that Jesus left his home in Qumrn, on the edge of the Dead Sea, where he supposedly became a member of the monastic community. Contemporary interest in Qumru increased after the discovery in 1947 of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of ancient religious texts, in a nearby cave. In the popular 1950s book The Lost Years of Jesus Revealed, Charles Potter took advantage of the sensational sensation surrounding this archaeological find to prove that both Jesus and John the Baptist were Essenes, whose philosophy encompassed the kind of unity of everything in the universe with God, and supported Nonviolence. Potter argued that Jesus wrote or was influenced by the apocalyptic book of the Mystery of Enoch.
Jesus went to England. Dennis Price, in his book “The Lost Years of Jesus: An Extraordinary Proof of Jesus Visiting the British Isles,” notes that British legends claim that Jesus visited Britain as a young man. This is a script about which William Blake mentioned in verse: “Did these legs in ancient times have been green? And was the Holy Lamb of God / On the Englands seen a pleasant pasture? Among other evidences, Price notes that before the Roman invasion of Great Britain in 43 AD. The British tribe of Dubunni minted coins bearing the name of a mysterious man named Ace, who appears to have risen around the age of 30 when Jesus was crucified, the British author, philosopher and critic Colin Wilson, who reviewed the book, noted that the hypothesis of Prices, although fascinating, has one major flaw: there is no actual evidence that Jesus visited Cornwall, Stonehenge or Glastonbury. In the 2008 film “And Made Those Legs” Scottish Minister Gordon Strachan proposed a theory similar to “Prices”.
Jesus went to Japan. In an article in Smithsonian magazine in 2013, writer Franz Lidz talked about his trip to a small village in northern Japan – Shingo, which attracts 20,000 tourists a year, posing as Kirisuto but Sato (the hometown of Christ). A local legend says that Jesus came to Japan at the age of 21, landed in the port of Amanohashidate and became a disciple of a Buddhist master near Mount Fuji, studying Japanese language and culture as well. Before returning to Judea through Morocco at the age of 33. As Leeds relates , The locals also believe that Jesus escaped from the executioners in Jerusalem and eventually returned to Japan. There, he allegedly the father of three children and died at the age of 106, and was buried in the grave of the hill, which became a tourist attraction. The origin of the myth is a bit cloudy. Some believe that the seeds of Christianity were planted in Shingo by missionaries who visited the village before Christianity was banned in 1614, and perhaps they were buried on a hillside. The narrative Jesus-goes-to-Japan apparently did not appear until the 1930s, when a collection of supposedly ancient documents was mysteriously found just to disappear again during World War II, since the story is convenient Goes.
But all these disjointed theories have one thing in common: Hilbert’s hypothesis, based on the creative interpretation of the finest evidence. Until someone finds more convincing evidence that Jesus went and what he did in those years, it seems likely that the lost years of Jesus will remain an intriguing mystery.