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Jesus Lived in India: His Unknown Life Before and After the Crucifixion Paperback – December 1, 1994

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Element Books Ltd (December 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852305509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852305505
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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This book is written well and the research into the facts is excellent.
George B. Jarvis
The story of St Thomas, which in itself has historical evidence, makes a strong supporting argument.
I had read this book and suggested that she read it as I found it very interesting.
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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful By LuelCanyon on October 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
Among a number of well researched and well composed books on the subject of the origins of the historical Jesus, Kersten's book remains one of the finest. Cogently written without superfluous speculation, 'Jesus Lived in India' presents irrefutable evidence of Jesus' sojourn into India; his living, learning (becoming in fact a Buddhist adept), and eventually dying there. Having chanced upon the evidence in Ladakh, Kersten patiently pieces together a mountain of evidence the profundity of which is only enhanced by his matter-of-fact style of presentation. A comprehensive article by article, step by step look at the astonishing convergence of the teachings and life paths of Jesus and Buddha is one of the clearest and most convincing threads of Kersten's scholarship. The ancient links between the Israelites and the East is intimately explored, and heartening conclusions are drawn. Nearly every aspect of modern theological enquiry concerning Jesus with respect to the inadequate record provided by canonical scripture is examined lovingly and fearlessly; the years of Kersten's investigation are brought to thorough and enlightening fruition in the pages of this remarkable book. It is clear that the political preoccupation of the Paulinist religion that has called itself Christianity for two thousand years has prevented, and continues to prevent, the dissemination and study of the true facts of Jesus' history; offering instead a lifeless, and often decadent, sectarian proposition of a Christ-martyr, the exclusive and moribund archtype of which has filled the Common Era with bloodshed and dissension, and propelled the world into a post-Christian era by its demonstrable manipulation of history. Highly recommended reading for the discerning seeker.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Pete Sennhauser on January 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book many years ago in german. It presents an interesting alternative to what is generally known to us. The reason to even look up its title after so many years, is to see if it is still available.
Although there is, in my opinion no absolute evidence, that Jesus actually traveled to the Far East, it cannot be ruled out either. After all, there ARE at least 18 years of his life unaccounted for. Children's books, claiming to give accounts on what Jesus did as a child, relate even less to reality than his "travels to India" proclaimed by Kersten.
It takes a certain nerve to be different. That's what I've always liked about Jesus and IT is what he meant for us to understand, as in Luke's saying in 17:21, (attributed to him): THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU. . ., a principle not generally accepted in his day. Then and again now it is not where people are looking for it. No, we look at the government, the stockmarket, church, anyone but ourselves for that kingdom. Jesus found it within and not through the Judaeic Law of his time, which concerned itself mostly with the well-being of the Haves rather than the Have-Nots. Buddha too knew and taught of this Inner Kingdom, at a time when Israelites were still dancing around Golden Calves or praying to an ill-tempered, violent god.
What's so impossible for an enlightened person like Jesus to have heard of the Compassionate Buddha? To be taught by one of his followers? To pass the idea of compassion on to those who had nothing at all?
The corruption of church since his time, is what makes it difficult for some to believe that Eastern influence ever happend to Jesus.
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91 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Ronald D. Chism ( on November 17, 1999
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To those who are unfamiliar with this topic, Holger Kersten may seem to be "stretching" an interpretation of history, if not even inventing some. That is not the case at all.
The first full length book regarding a possible post-crucifixion life of Jesus Christ was written in the year 1890 by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. Ahmad, at his peak, was considered a foremost and formidable scholar of the Indian Sub-continent.
The book was written in the Urdu language, and was entitled Masih Hindustein Mein [English: Jesus in India]. In it, with stunning detail, Ahmad traced Jesus' entire sojourn from Galilee to Kashmir; he listed in detail the books of history that mention the presence of Jesus (Yuz Asaf) in India; he listed two full pages of references--from books of the Orient and the Occident--that mention the actual ointment ("Marham-i-Isa") that was used to heal Jesus' wounds after the crucifixion, etc.
What disturbs Kersten's critics are two things: Firstly, he has brought the issue OUT of the halls of religious academia (where the subject is VERY WELL KNOWN) and down to earth for the common person. Secondly, by exposing this subject, he has introduced a massive challenge to religious structures, particularly Christianity & Islam.
The Christian challenge is obvious: the entire doctrine of Christianity falls when it is understood that Jesus survived the crucifixion.
The Islamic challenge is little known, but HUGE. The world's Muslims believe that Jesus Christ is returning, in the flesh, to MURDER anybody who does not accept Islam. He will come as "Imam Mahdi" to establish Islam in the "latter days" by force. Anyone refusing him will be killed.
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