Teenage Jesus: in India?

I won't endorse something I haven't actually watched, but I've seen bits and pieces online of a film called Jesus in India, which I find absolutely intriguing.

My wife, Jen, caught part of the film on the Sundance Channel and mentioned it to me.

Part of the film's website synopsis reads:


It begins with a former Fundamentalist from Texas, ousted from his provincial church for asking too many questions. “If God wanted you to know about that, it would have been in the Bible,” he is told, “—so stick to worrying about your own salvation.” But that’s not good enough for Edward T. Martin, and thus begins a seeker’s quest across 4000 miles of India in search of answers about where Jesus was during the “Hidden Years” from ages 12 to 30. The New Testament is silent on those years, however in India there is an ancient tradition that young Jesus joined a caravan and took the Silk Road to the East, where He lived with both Hindus and Buddhists before returning to begin His ministry.
There are quite a few books on Amazon.com discussing Jesus' possible adolescence in India. But all I have read about it, to this point, has been in very brief Biblical history references to Jesus' - and the Johanine writer's - likely interaction with Hindus and/or Buddhists on the Silk Road. One possible explanation (with geographic support) for the "eastern" quality of Christ's words and John's Christology.

I'm going to order the DVD online and try to learn a little more.

Also, a few books I'd like to flip through...









6 comments:

Me said...

wow. i like your posts. im gonna link you on my blog.

im from singapore by the way, christian.

abshreve said...

This subject has always intrigued me as well, although I've never really looked into it. Thanks for the references!

P.S. I like how you labeled it under "heresy". haha!

Monk-in-Training said...

I have found this interesting as well, but to be honest find more spark than fire here.

The distance seems wildly insurmountable for a young Hebrew of the times, and besides, I really don't see much in Jesus' teachings that are not an outgrowth of Jewish thought.

That being said, I think it is far more likely that the Spirit, in her communication to the world was saying the same sorts of things to other groups as Jesus was bringing to the world. In other words, God was trying to tell us profound truths, some show up in different groups.

Peter said...

M-i-T,
Good thoughts. And my gut says, you're probably right (about the "spark" vs. "fire") but I think it's exciting to wonder about the what-ifs. Some called Kazantzakis' "Last Temptation" dangerous heresy, but I adored dreaming "what-ifs" of a sinfully human Jesus. I think it helped me understand Jesus for who he is, as much as who he isn't.

You said:
"I think it is far more likely that the Spirit, in her communication to the world was saying the same sorts of things to other groups as Jesus was bringing to the world. In other words, God was trying to tell us profound truths, some show up in different groups."

Beautifully said, and I think closely in line with some of the things Rick has been saying in another conversation string.

BobGriffin said...

A belated comment:
A study of the evidence regarding Jesus in India can lead to some amazing and fascinating stuff.
I've been pursuing the study for about 21 years, and am finally reading a French translation of one of the source materials for the 'Jesus died in Kashmir' claim--Le Livre de Bilawhar et Budhasf by Daniel Gimaret.

If you find the idea of Jesus in India intriguing, I suggest you study the various claims piece by piece, but do not forget the presence of the Aramaic-speaking Church of the East along the Silk Road, in T'ang Dynasty and Mongol China, in Kerala India, and at the border of Tibet (Sogdian inscriptions at Tankse, and the appointment of a bishop for Tibet by Mar Timotheos in the late 8th century)
Be Well,
Bob Griffin

Peter said...

Very cool! Thanks for the recommendations Bob!

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