Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Was Jesus taught by the Druids ?
As a book of record the New Testament doesn't do too well on the early life of Jesus Christ.
The large holes may explain why so many outlandish theories have been able to build up about what the Son of God got up to as a boy.
But among those myths most perpetuated is that he visited Britain
Now a film has sought to add flesh to the fable by claiming it's perfectly plausible the Messiah made an educational trip to Glastonbury.
And Did Those Feet explores the idea that Jesus accompanied his supposed uncle, Joseph of Arimathaea, on a business trip to the tin mines of the South-West.
Whilst there, it is claimed he took the opportunity to further his maths by studying under druids.
Unsurprisingly, the documentary stops short of concluding the visit did take place, noting 'Jesus's shoe has not turned up'. However, the makers insist that while the visit is unproven, it is possible.
The theory is that he arrived by sea, following established trading routes, before visiting several places in the West Country.
In the film, Dr Gordon Strachan, a Church of Scotland minister, says it is plausible Jesus came to further his education. The country is thought to have been at the forefront of learning 2,000 years ago, with mathematics particularly strong.
Ted Harrison, the film's director, said: 'If somebody was wanting to learn about the spirituality and thinking not just of the Jews but also the classical and Greek world he would have to come to Britain, which was the centre of learning at the time.
'Jesus was a young man curious to find out about all sorts of things.
'We know there is a huge gap in the life of Jesus between when he was born and when his ministry started.
'He would have come to learn what was being taught about astronomy and geometry which was being taught at "universities" run by druids at the time.'
Mr Harrison, a former BBC religious affairs correspondent, says Jesus may just have been a boy when he left the Middle East for England.