Monday, December 15, 2014

Jesus in India?

A few years ago I published an article in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion called "Jesus in India: Transgressing Social and Religious Boundaries." It's about a late nineteenth century text - The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ - alleged to be the translation of an ancient Buddhist manuscript referring to Jesus living in India during his lost years. While the legend is generally ignored by biblical scholars - largely because the text appears to be a nineteenth century forgery - the circumstances behind its composition are fascinating and it has played a major role in the teachings of East Indian spiritual leaders and within the New Age movement.