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The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ Paperback – December 18, 2008
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About the Author
Nicolas Notovitch was a Russian aristocrat and journalist born in Crimea in 1858 of Jewish parents. He and his brother Osip converted to the Greek Orthodox Christian religion as young men. Notovitch authored twelve books, mostly on Russian politics. He was fluent in French as well as Russian and wrote in both languages. It is said that Rudyard Kipling's character "Dirkovich" in his short story The Man Who Was was based on Notovitch and his life. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I did purchase this at full retail price!
The unveiling makes for an interesting and gripping read.
The only area which prompted me to give a 3 rating was that the first half of the book does not carry anything relating to the central theme of the book, there is just a passing mention very close to the book reaching half mark, until then the book in a detailed manner narrates the author's travel experiences across mountains and valleys while on his way to Ladakh. The book hits the core only in the second half, which kind of made me quite restless and at some points bored.
Otherwise, for those seeking to learn more about a great leader, this book should definitely make a very interesting read.
Much of the controversial content comes from the interpretations of the author and from his sources, which warp or wildly exaggerate the origin of their legends, much of which comes from the merchants from Israel, aside from the documents that make reference to the period Jesus spent among the Hindu and Brahmin, and consequently the Buddhists, who apparently were the only ones that had not fallen into polytheism.
The author reserves many doubts on the accuracy of canon himself, but keeps his own conclusions to a minimum, bless his heart. Unfortunately, these same inaccuracies are not isolated to just non-Christians, but are found in just about every denomination and at every level.
I am far from perfect myself, and even after reading the sacred scriptures all over thirty times can tell the reader that you have just as much hope to hold all the sands on the sea shore in one hand than contain the web of all that work that is so intricately interwoven with the most sublime simplicity, to comprehend it perfectly or recall at will any part.
Nevertheless, there are nuggets of gold in all works if you can filter them through what is faultless. I've found some answers for deep questions I've had for a long time here.
The Lamas claim, very proudly, that they raised the teenager Issa among them and even take credit for his wisdom. They speak arrogantly about the Jews for slaying their own Buddha, yet forget that by these very same records which make testament concerning their own rejection of St. Issa when He spoke against their system of castes which makes others inferior and slaves to the priesthood or elite. The version of the crucifixion, after St. Issa returns to Jerusalem at the age of 29, is highly modified to exonerate the Hebrews of blood guilt concerning Our Lord and puts the blame squarely on Pilate and the Romans. A very unfair assessment, as history has a multitude of witnesses throughout that time that wrote the true version of events with their own blood, reinforced by the records made by those that killed them and that very obvious fact that the Jews, to this day, deny Christ.
According to the author, he underwent various trials to even get this portion of The Life of St. Issa from one of the lamas, and it is, as I've said, because the very words of the saint are a reminder of guilt against their exploitation of their lower class and the very clear assault on the very foundation of the underpinnings of their teachings, which He remarks are very much in error by assumptions that are added copiously. Therefore the suspicion and hesitation to speak or provide the traveler with any direct information on Issa.
That is the way I read all this. I welcome debate.