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Sep 04, 2017 by Will Maule

Did Jesus Travel To Ireland And Britain To Learn From Pagan Druids?

There are many gaps in the story of Jesus Christ as a child. Indeed, very little is known of his whereabouts and his activities when he was young. But could he really have traveled to Ireland to study? That is the argument put forth by Irish American scholar and film-maker John McCloskey. The shocking claims are expanded upon in his documentary film "When The Goddess Ruled The Earth." 

McCloskey asserts his belief that Jesus was a student of the Greek classics and the sacred mysteries of the Hellenic faith during his time on the Emerald Isle. He claims such experiences would one day inform his teaching. “I support everything I say with research. It can all be confirmed by the evidence that I supply in my film," he says, according to Irish Central. 

But one Scottish academic, Dr Gordon Strachan, believes it more likely that Jesus visited mainland Britain. Strachan believes it is "plausible" Jesus came to England for his studies, as it was the forefront of learning 2,000 years ago, according to the BBC. "Coming this far wasn't in fact that far in the olden days," Dr Strachan told BBC Radio 4's The World At One. "The Romans came here at the same time and they found it quite easy."

Strachan suggests that Jesus traveled to Britain with his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, to learn from pagan druids and to impart his own divine wisdom upon them. "He needed to go around to learn bits and pieces about ancient wisdom, and the druids in Britain went back hundreds if not thousands of years. He probably came here to meet the druids, to share his wisdom and gain theirs," the scholar said. 

Strachan claims Jesus visited Glastonbury, in the West of England. "St Augustine wrote to the Pope to say he'd discovered a church in Glastonbury built by followers of Jesus. But St Gildas (a 6th-Century British cleric) said it was built by Jesus himself. It's a very very ancient church which went back perhaps to AD37," he says. 

What do you think?



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