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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Clairview Books; Edition Unstated edition (16 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905570155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905570157
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'... well-researched...' - Somerset Life

About the Author

GLYN LEWIS was born in Shropshire. Since 1991, he has worked as a photographic essayist, first in Hong Kong where he recorded the plight of people living on the streets and in crowded bed-space lodges, and later in the UK producing photographic essays on the ministry of Agricultural Chaplains to the farming community, the work of Park Attwood Clinic and the role that therapies play in aiding the healing processes, and on the religious order of the Poor Clares. His essay, The Gospel, told in photographs and words, has been exhibited in the cathedrals of Wells, Exeter and Chichester.

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This is a super book: well researched, well written and concise. It does not take its reader for granted and presents its story lucidly and with grace. In an age of over-bearing scepticism, when opinion seems to count for more than hard facts culminating in an open minded opinion this little book is a real treat.
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It is a very informative and well researched book and I am enjoying reading it. I wish the photos included were in colour and not just monochrome.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By AG PHILLIPS on 2 Jan 2010
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The `ancient tradition' that Jesus came to Britain as a boy with his tin-trading uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, is just a local fable of questionable authenticity. The earliest written sources of how Christianity came to Britain never mention Joseph, the earliest reference to him not being found until the ninth century. The original Glastonbury myth was probably invented by monks there to draw in gullible pilgrims and so swell their coffers. Such religious fraudsters would welcome this modern-day offering of rambling and irrelevant conjecture.

Alarm bells started ringing when the author cited the old-English carol I Saw Three Ships as evidence to support his firm belief that Jesus came to these shores. (The ship carrying Jesus referred to in it actually lands in the Holy Land.) Concerns grew when more equally-dubious evidence was provided by a mystical Belgian nun and (second-hand via a Cornish hotelier) an unnamed `visiting archaeologist'. At the end, Glastonbury's druids are cheerfully brought in to teach the boy Jesus a thing or two before his return home, perhaps to ensure the book's popularity within the Pagan community.

Throughout this book sweeping statements are liberally made, never properly discussed, and seldom referenced. Any quotations are usually from the writings of eccentric pre-war Anglican clergymen, rarely an original ancient source, and never from a trained modern historian. If this is `history' (the book is boldly described as such on the rear cover), then this word is in need of drastic redefinition.

I think it was C.K. Chesterton who remarked that when people stopped believing in God, it wasn't so much that they believed in nothing, but that they believed in anything.
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Did Jesus visit the British Islands 3 Feb 2013
By R.K. Sprau - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a light book consisting of around 74 pages. For those who don't have the time to research more scholarly works, this is a study that takes into account all of the major works on the subject. It is a great primer and I would recommend this book for those who don't have the time to wade through the mounds of material the other scholarly works have on the subject. It starts off with one compelling point, the New Testament is silent on the subjects of his earlier travels and even travels during his earlier tenure as a traveling minister. the account though light, do make a compelling case of Jesus visiting the British Islands. there is no doubt that his Uncle, Josef of Arementhia was a trader in tin and one of the primary sources of tin in the British Isle.
One would do well to consider, what we've been taught in Sunday school and Church, speaking as an Historical Theologian, is sometimes an accidental falsehood. Take for example, Josef (Jesus, we assumed and never questioned he wa s a carpenter. The word employed is a trade-smith, more specifically a skilled trade-smith such as a worker of stone, a stone dresser, or any of the other guilds. this is just one compelling example that what we believe is true is more than often not.
I would recommend one do a title search of Jesus and the British Isle, or something along those lines. One need to remember out of mythos come reality for all mythos is based on facts.
As a traveling minister Josef would've went to exotic locations such as Greece, Spain, (again there is compelling evidence he did visit Spain, so the British Isle would not be out of the question."
Once again, though light, it is an excellent primer for a more serious study into the question of did he visit the British Islands.
A limited sit of recommendations would consist of but not limited to the following, The Almighty King, New translations of forgotten manuscripts finally reveal the truth about the not so virgin Mary, the Holy Grail, and the bloodline of Jesus Christ, Did the Virgin Mary Live and Die in England? The Glastonbury Legends
Did he go to Britain? Maybe. 31 Jan 2010
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People have long pondered about the two periods of Christ's life not spoken of in the Bible. Most of his life prior to his ministry is left to mystery. What was he doing? Where was he preparing? This book explores the theories that place Jesus in Britain. There are many legends there that claim Jesus walked its lands. Is there undeniable proof? No. The author only finds legends they may or may not originated during ancient times, carvings that may or may not have anything to do with Jesus coming. However, the idea that Jesus went Britain is possible, maybe even happened. Taken together, much of what the author relates makes this seem probable. Though, at times, he stretches these evidences thin to suggest Jesus did things like studying with the Druids. Or perhaps He did meet with them and they learned from Him. We'll probably never know. Lewis never really gives the "reasonable evidence" that they met at all, let alone Jesus was schooled by them. On page 5 he claims there is no verification of David outside the bible. Not true, his name has been found in the archaeological record. Nor is Psalm 104 a copy of Akhenaten. Compare the two. Some similarities, but did one influence the other? If so, which? Weren't the Hebrews in Egypt before Akhenaten? For a more detailed look at the Jesus in Brtain legends, see Missing Years of Jesus.
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