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Jesus may have visited Scotland according to Scottish minister

Tue 08 Dec 2009 07:15


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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.

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    1. 11 December 2009 04:37
    Thomas G said

    Blake's passage should in no way be read literally. His poetry was a reaction to the 'rationalism' of the era in which he lived, where the sacredness of time and place were becoming lost.Strachan is a scholar looking for a dollar.

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    3. 17 December 2009 00:45
    robbish said

    Why, the only rule you may apply is.......• Be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.

    However, in reality, this nation is secular and I have a right to express this view and I said he may not exist, not does not exist It is your website, but censure like this is silly. Leave my comment on here and let the public ridicule me, I am sure Jesus would have approved of me expressing my views.

    Many thanks


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    4. 17 December 2009 10:55
    Sachman said

    "Not much written about his life before age 30"

    Hmm, strange that - apart from the birth thing, nobody bothered to write much else down. Considering how fastidious they were about all those biblical scribblings, does no one else think this omission rather odd.

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