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The Lost Years of Jesus by Elizabeth Clare Prophet
I’ve long been curious about whether Jesus visited the East and the Americas. The Bible tells us about Jesus only up to his coming of age (13) and then jumps forward to the age of 30. What happened in those intervening years is a mystery.

While I still have about 100 pages left to read, I’ll update this post when I finish. [I finished – September, 2010]

The premise of the book is that Jesus went to the East when he was 13, and studied Pali, Sanskrit, and preached. I haven’t read of any miracles that he performed. Ms Prophet presents documentary evidence supporting the notion that Jesus went to the East, and gives skeptics’ points of view as well. For my part, I find the book very interesting and love the many photographs of the people of Tibet, their monasteries, and other holy places. The book is worth reading just for the travelogue.

Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and convents are said to contain hundreds of thousands of scrolls, but only a few make mention of Jesus (they call him “Saint Issa”). Nicholas Notovich in 1927 and later expeditions in 1939 attempted to see and translate these, but the monks were wary of their intent — too often foreigners just stole what they want, Europeans especially.

This book makes no mention of Jesus and the Americas. I think the Book of Mormon may be the only real reference for Jesus and whether he visited our hemisphere.
If you enjoy reading travelogues and are interested in what Jesus did that isn’t covered in the Bible, then this one’s for you. (scroll down — lots more left)

I recently watched a documentary with the same title, but it appears to have no connection with the book’s author, Elizabeth Clare Prophet; she’s not credited. Much of the material used in the movie sounds as though it was lifted straight from the book. The movie was mediocre, with very little that’s not covered in this book.

Here’s the link, and a description of the underlying article on the Huffington Post.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-davids/jesus-lost-years-may-fina_b_179513.html

This article discusses a movie called “Jesus in India (Sundance Channel / US – Showtime / Australia).”1 “Jesus in India” Yitzchok Adlerstein; DVD; $17.99 Sold by: Amazon.com, LLC

Yes, I just bought it 🙂

I’m through with Prophet’s book, and am now on to other topics, including the book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. I no longer believe in the Hebrew bible (Old Testament).

Coming: Thoughts on Edgar Cayce who I believe was an American Buddha. There is no requirement to be Asian or wear a robe to be enlightened. He was gifted, and I regret so much that he died in 1944, but his work goes on.

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