It is a well known 'fact' that Jesus went on holiday to England with his Uncle Joseph of Arimathea (above). The why, and wherefores, are less well known.
His Uncle was Jesus's mother's brother who was a tin merchant, so their visit was probably mostly for business.
What they got up to over in Blighty is not sure, other than they visited Glastonbury, possibly for the festival, and Priddy, where they might have attended the Folk Festival and Sheep Fair. I expect when in the area they would also have visited the ancient site of Stonehenge (as do all).
After Jesus died, his Uncle Joe returned to Glastonbury where, in memory of his nephew, he drove his walking stick into the ground and it took root. The resulting tree, known as the Glastonbury Thorn, was still growing within living memory, and apparently flowered twice a year. It finally died in 1991, and was chopped-down the following February. A few cuttings were cultivated, so its legacy lives on.
Jesus's visit was famously memorialised in England's (and the WI's) favourite Hymn 'Jerusalem', with lyrics by William Blake.
And did those feet in ancient time
walk upon England's mountains green.
And was the Holy Lamb of God (Jesus)
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
The 'did' casts some doubt over his visit, but without need. The story is 100% true, so please don't question its validity. The modern phenomenon of 'Fake News' (Trumpism) wasn't invented until some 2,000 later.
What a wonderful story. Shame they didn't have easyjet back then. It would have made the journey so much quicker.ReplyDelete
I think BOAC was around!Delete
I don't want to nitpick but was Stonehenge excavated then. I thought it wasn't until the middle ages. But then I'm not a Hengie.ReplyDelete
Even if it was still just a man-made lump, it would have been an impressive one. I expect they bought a few postcards.Delete
Hmm. Nice story Cro but.....ReplyDelete
He would have visited Yorkshire as well, his dad's own county.ReplyDelete
I'm presuming he would have come by sea, so probably would have landed at Newhaven Ferry terminal..... in Sussex; the home of The Garden of Eden.Delete
He clealy landed in Newhaven because that's how William Blake knew and could see him arriving. Blake was living in Sussex.Delete
Australian Aboriginal rock art certainly informs us that Jesus and his unc visited Australia. With Aboriginals in Australia having a history going back 40,000 years, they were certainly here to greet him post 0 AD and make a coloured sketch or two on rocks.ReplyDelete
I'm amazed that your government allows the Aboriginals to draw all over such important Australian sites.Delete
I heard he carved his initials on one of the stones at the henge.ReplyDelete
And was probably ticked-off for it too.Delete
William Blake had great vision.ReplyDelete
He was an amazing painter.Delete
Philip Pullman said a book of William Blake's poems given to him as a child changed his life. He still carries the book with him everyday. Yes, he was an amazing painter. Greatly misunderstood during his lifetime.Delete
Pullman of Dark Materials, I presume.Delete
It is a little known fact that Jesus visited one of England's best kept secret places - Withernsea on Yorkshire's east coast. There he stayed in a twin room with Joseph of Arimathea. I believe it was in Victoria House on Queen Street. They had a go at mobility scooter racing on the seafront.ReplyDelete
Is there any record of who won? The picture above looks like Joseph may have hurt his arm.... a crash maybe?Delete
Jesus Christ Cro! What a silly question.Delete
Okay, now this was hilarious reading, both the post and the comments. God didn't send Jesus to America. Instead he sent tRUMP. Which is what the evangelicals would have us to believe.ReplyDelete
He certainly is a Mess-iah, but for what I'm not sure!Delete
As Mark Twain wrote, every good story can be improved by eliminating some of the facts.ReplyDelete
Dead on...Joanne. And nothing has changed before or to this day...and probably will not in humanities future.Delete
Or, as we say today, 'never let the truth get in the way of a good story'.Delete