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- Author: Nicolas Notovitch
- Category : Apocryphal books (New Testament)
- Languages : en
- Pages : 208
The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ by Nicolas Notovitch: Embark on a journey of historical speculation with Nicolas Notovitch's "The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ." This controversial work presents a narrative of Jesus Christ's alleged travels to India during his "lost years." Notovitch's account explores unverified historical claims, offering a perspective outside the traditional narrative. Why This Book? "The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ" presents an alternative interpretation of Jesus Christ's life and travels, sparking debates and discussions about historical accuracy and religious narratives. Nicolas Notovitch's account raises intriguing questions about the life of Jesus and the intersections of religion and history.
Controversial since it was first published in 1890, Nicolas Notovitch's ""The Unknown Life of Jesus"" relates that Jesus Christ spent at least part of the years of his life unaccounted for in the Bible--from the age of 13 to 29--teaching and studying in India and other parts of Asia. Notovitch was on an ""extended journey through the Orient...to study the customs and habits of the inhabitants of India."" During his travels, he visited a Buddhist monastery near Mulbek, close to the Wakha River. Here a Lama told him that Jesus, whom the Buddhists called ""Issa,"" had visited the region and that there were ancient manuscripts documenting Jesus' visit and that copies existed at other monasteries. Notovitch was able to convince the monks at the Hemis Monastery to read from these documents and, as an interpreter translated, Notovitch transcribed.
After the Turkish War (1877-1878) I made a series of travels in the Orient. From the little remarkable Balkan peninsula, I went across the Caucasus to Central Asia and Persia, and finally, in 1887, visited India, an admirable country which had attracted me from my earliest childhood. My purpose in this journey was to study and know, at home, the peoples who inhabit India and their customs, the grand and mysterious archæology, and the colossal and majestic nature of their country. Wandering about without fixed plans, from one place to another, I came to mountainous Afghanistan, whence I regained India by way of the picturesque passes of Bolan and Guernaï. Then, going up the Indus to Raval Pindi, I ran over the Pendjab-the land of the five rivers; visited the Golden Temple of Amritsa-the tomb of the King of Pendjab, Randjid Singh, near Lahore; and turned toward Kachmyr, "The Valley of Eternal Bliss." Thence I directed my peregrinations as my curiosity impelled me, until I arrived in Ladak, whence I intended returning to Russia by way of Karakoroum and Chinese Turkestan. One day, while visiting a Buddhist convent on my route, I learned from a chief lama, that there existed in the archives of Lhasa, very ancient memoirs relating to the life of Jesus Christ and the occidental nations, and that certain great monasteries possessed old copies and translations of those chronicles. As it was little probable that I should make another journey into this country, I resolved to put off my return to Europe until a later date, and, cost what it might, either find those copies in the great convents or go to Lhasa-a journey which is far from being so dangerous and difficult as is generally supposed, involving only such perils as I was already accustomed to, and which would not make me hesitate at attempting it.
Discover the unknown life of Jesus Christ, as revealed by Nicolas Notovitch. This manuscript is the original text of Nicolas Notovitch's 1887 Discovery. Translated by J. H. Connelly and L. Landsberg.