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The Missing Years Of Jesus: The Extraordinary Evidence that Jesus Visited the British Isles: The Greatest Story Never Told [Hardcover]

Dennis Price
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2 Mar 2009

'And did those feet in ancient time, Walk upon England's mountain's green, And was the holy Lamb of God, On England's pleasant pastures seen'

Do William Blake's lyrics for the popular hymn 'Jerusalem' reveal an extraordinary insight into the so-called 'missing years of Jesus' - the 18 years that are unaccounted for in the Bible from when Jesus was a boy of 12 to his sudden reappearance at the age of 30? Archaeologist and classical scholar Dennis Price has investigated the clues in Blake's evocative poem and has paid meticulous attention to the accounts in the ancient Aramaic and Greek versions of the Bible, and he's also conducted an exhaustive and unprecedented study into the myths and legends of Christ in Britain.

With the assistance of specialists in their own fields and by viewing this enthralling subject as a modern missing person's investigation, Dennis Price has pieced together the various pieces of the jigsaw and now presents compelling and highly original evidence that Christ did indeed visit Britain in the company of Joseph of Arimathea 'in ancient times'. The weight of new material suggests that Christ remained in Britain for several years before eventually returning to his homeland in the east, and this truly extraordinary book now provides a wealth of new information for all those who are intensely curious about this otherwise undocumented period in the life of the most famous person the world's ever known. The implications are astonishing and they are presented here, in 'the greatest story never told'.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (2 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848500335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848500334
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dennis's first book was The Missing Years of Jesus, an acclaimed study of the notion suggested in William Blake's poem 'Jerusalem' that Christ once visited Britain. He followed this with A Tale of Sound & Fury, an autobiographical account of two turbulent decades spent as a singer, poet, performer, Hell Fire Club member and knight touring Britain, Europe and Scandinavia in the 1980s and 1990s. He is now working on the first-ever definitive study of a connection between the ancient British Druids and Stonehenge. A former archaeologist, he is a prolific writer on ancient British mysteries, as well as a writer of verse, lyrics and commentaries. He lives with his family and black dog in Devon, in a rural paradise surrounded by Britain's demonised wildlife.

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This is a book I would recommend to everyone who is interested in archaeology and in the history of religion. (– Colin Wilson, author and philosopher, one of the world’s greatest living authorities on ancient mysteries.)

About the Author

Dennis Price began working in archaeology in the early 1970s and is now regarded as an expert on Stonehenge and the many strange stories associated with the ruins. An unusual line in a poem by William Blake was the catalyst for a four-year investigation into the possibility that Jesus himself had once visited this site, which was held in such awe by the ancient Britons and others who were drawn to the mysterious monument from across Europe 'in ancient times'.

From Stonehenge, Dennis Price's unique and unparalleled investigation led him to the location of the world's first church in Glastonbury and then to other remote landscapes and ancient structures around western Britain. The original evidence he unearthed from a fresh examination of these sites and from a close study of contemporary accounts written in Latin, Greek, Aramaic and Phoenician astonished him, and led directly to the writing of this undeniably ground-breaking book.

An archaeologist, writer and performer, he is an expert on Stonehenge, with a particular interest in the ancient myths, legends and historical accounts of these enigmatic ruins. He was the last archaeologist to set foot inside Silbury Hill, Britain's only pyramid, before work began to seal it off forever, while he's collaborated with specialists and experts in their field the world over in an attempt to uncover the real history of these monuments that continue to captivate people the world over, thousands of years after they were first built.

He currently lives in Devon, in the south of England, with his wife, two children and black dog.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Yarns 14 Oct 2010
Not being recorded in the Bible, the years of Jesus life from the age of 12 to the beginning of his ministry at 30, the so-called lost years, are the subject of much speculation and theories abound. There has been a tradition in existence for many years that he spent these years in India and Tibet, and even England. The later through Joseph Arimathea's links with the Cornish tin trade and Somerset and this is the area this book concentrates on.

Claimed to hold extraordinary evidence that Jesus visited the British Isles, but in fact there is no hard evidence here, and inevitably without something new being unearthed in the future, the missing years of Jesus' life cannot be historically proven and therefore will always be open to interpretation for individual author's musings.

The book closes how it starts with the quote from the late Carl Sagan "somewhere, something wonderful is waiting to be discovered". But it's not here; the book offers nothing new but yet more fable and legend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Did those feet... 10 July 2009
By Neil
Did those feet in ancient time? Well, it is certainly possible. The author brings together a number of legends and folk tales of a youthful Jesus visiting various parts of the West Country and looks again at various passages in the new testament to see whether those tales have substance. Given the trade routes current at the time, when Britain traded tin and other goods with the Roman Empire, it is certainly probable that ships from the middle east regularly visited the west country, but I will leave it to others to read the author's work and make their own minds up as to whether the legends are true or not. If you have any interest in the folk traditions and legends of the UK, especially of the West Country, or even an interest in the early Church then this book is certainly well worth a read.

It should be noted that there was a great deal of information and text that didn't make this edition, which hopefully will see the light of day in further editions, along with a few more illustrations and photos. This was the over-riding feeling after completing the book, that although highly enjoyable and certainly thought-provoking, this was just the start, and that author's investigations will really bear fruit in a second or even third edition. Watch this space!
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
It has to be said that books about the life of Jesus do not normally feature highly on my `must read' list.

However, I made an exception when I heard a rumour that this book places Jesus not only in Britain, but in person at Stonehenge, and that it has been written by Dennis Price.

Dennis spent over ten years living within a few miles of Stonehenge, visiting the temple as many as three times a week, including private visits courtesy of English Heritage, and he also attended all the open Solstice celebrations during this time. Not only that, but he spent four years working for Wessex Archaeology with some of the foremost experts on Stonehenge.

He worked on the A303 Stonehenge Test Pit Project and he was closely involved with the discovery in 2002 of the King of Stonehenge, or Amesbury Archer, and the 2003 discovery of the Boscombe Bowmen. He's done a lot else besides in connection with Stonehenge, he's often to be seen talking with the archaeologists in charge of the excavations of the Stonehenge Riverside Project and he runs the Eternal Idol site, reporting on and providing original information on Stonehenge - in turn, receiving regular write-ups in the international media.

So, I was determined to get hold of a copy of his book.

Dennis approaches his research in highly original way, treating this as a 2,000 year old `missing persons' case. His method and thinking are meticulous, and yet this book is not just totally readable but engrossing and manages to avoid being dry or technical.

Dennis tracks down fascinating clues in the new testament that make very compelling evidence once they're identified, pieced together and placed into context, so you will wonder at how you had never noticed them before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much needed examination 30 Jan 2014
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This book is good at covering the "lost years" and is well researched and argued.
Recommended reading for the clergy!
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