Jesus in India

Older Book Reviews (1899 – 1999)

Jesus in India – James Deardorff, San Francisco, 1994

This book is divided into four parts: Jesus and reincarnation; Jesus’ lost years in India; Jesus’ survival of the crucifixion; Jesus’ travel after crucifixion. Deardorff attempts to put Jesus back into a solid eastern context – a man who learned wisdom from the East and returned back to the East.

He believes that Jesus taught reincarnation, a philosophy he learned in India as a youth. For example, in support of his theory, he quotes the saying of Jesus that John the Baptist is the Elijah of the past, as proof.

Deardorff reviews the hypothesis of the resuscitation and refers to Docker, Graves, Khwaja Nazir Ahmad and of course, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. He states history records Jesus post crucifixion life in Hindu legends (Bhavishya Maha Purana), Buddhist legends and Greco-Roman stories (Life of Apollonius of Tyana).

News of Jesus’ mission and longevity would have reached back west, and quotes patristic literature, specifically Bishop Ireneus of the second century A.D, as confirming Jesus lived to a great age and continued preaching amongst his people.

In summary, the author concludes that historic evidence points to Jesus’ death in India.

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