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Dr Gordon Strachan claims that Jesus may have visited Scotland before turning 30. Speaking on The Hour, Strachan said Jesus “wouldn’t have missed the chance” to visit Scotland if he had travelled all the way to England with his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, as he believes he did.
In 1804, British poet William Blake first suggested the theory when writing that Jesus came to Britain and “walk[ed] upon mountains green.”
While researching for his book, Jesus the Master Builder, the retired Edinburgh University lecturer of History and Architecture used these legends as a starting point to try and prove a network of connections between the Celtic world and Mediterranean culture and philosophy.
“My first question is ‘why shouldn’t he have come?’. Nobody knows what happened to him till he was aged 30. That’s a long time
“There were legends he went to Egypt and to India but then there are also legends that he came to Glastonbury, to Cornwall.”
Strachan was first converted to the idea that Jesus came to England after speaking to friends and he quickly became involved in his own research.
“I went down to Glastonbury and looked around and then went out to Israel on a job for two years so I got both ends of the story.”
The former professor believes that if Jesus did make the long journey to the UK then he would have done so for a deep reason, most likely to further his education.
“His uncle was Joseph of Arimathea and he came with his uncle for the tin mines. He added: “Eventually he came to Glastonbury and he built a church.
“He probably was going to say hello to the druids.”
The minister admits that the significance of whether or not Jesus visited England and indeed Scotland is not important to some as it does not change the story of his later life, however he does believe that it creates a connection that some may find comforting.
“If he learnt from the druids, then it gives us in Britain a connection, a historical, geographical connection.
“People are rather unbelieving, I have a great mission to do to try and convince people of that.
“I don’t see why he shouldn’t have come - the legends say he did.”
Dr Gordon Strachan’s research has now been compiled into the documentary And Did Those Feet.