Jesus Christ could have come to Britain to further his education, according to a Scottish academic.
Church of Scotland minister Dr Gordon Strachan makes the claim in a new film entitled “And Did Those Feet”.
The film examines the story of Jesus’ supposed visit, which survives in the popular hymn Jerusalem.
That’s not Gordon Strachan the former footballer is it? Talk about a career change. And that’s the popular hymn the lyrics of which were penned by noted mentalist William Blake of course. And further His education in what precisely? Woad Studies?
Dr Strachan believes it is “plausible” Jesus came to England for his studies, as it was the forefront of learning 2,000 years ago.
“Coming this far wasn’t in fact that far in the olden days,” Dr Strachan told BBC Radio 4’s The World At One. “The Romans came here at the same time and they found it quite easy.”
Dr Strachan added that Jesus had “plenty of time” to do the journey, as little was known about his life before the age of 30.
Dr Strachan clearly was not a student of the epistemological sciences. It’s plausible that I could have been to the Near East. I haven’t but it’s plausible.
Now the first words of the hymn - “And did those feet” - are the title of a new film based on a book researched by Dr Strachan, who lectures on the history of architecture at Edinburgh University.
“It is generally suggested that he came to the west of England with his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, who was here for tin,” said the academic.
It is generally suggested? I am sold. What the hell is a fine and noble institution like Edinburgh University doing employing such people?
Dr Strachan claimed Jesus Christ could have come to England to further his education.
“He needed to go around to learn bits and pieces about ancient wisdom, and the druids in Britain went back hundreds if not thousands of years. He probably came here to meet the druids, to share his wisdom and gain theirs.”
Now this is getting very silly. Cue Graham Chapman to come on in an army uniform and stop the whole thing. He probably came here to meet druids. Oh for fuck’s sake! That’s a rapid shift from the coulds to the probables ain’t it?
Among the places Jesus is said to have visited are Penzance, Falmouth, St-Just-in-Roseland and Looe, which are all in Cornwall, as well as Glastonbury in Somerset - which has particular legends about Jesus.
Lots of places have legends. Here’s one from where I grew-up. I have the bones in the attic and charge people a quid a throw to see ‘em.
“St Augustine wrote to the Pope to say he’d discovered a church in Glastonbury built by followers of Jesus. But St Gildas (a 6th-Century British cleric) said it was built by Jesus himself. It’s a very very ancient church which went back perhaps to AD37.”
Well, most churches are built by followers of Jesus. Hindus tend to build temples. All part of life’s rich tapestry and all that jazz. Jazz of course was invented by the swing-combo Moses and the Israelites who toured Sinai for forty years. The details will be revealed in my blockbusting historical work, “What isn’t in Exodus”. Due out next year.
And - my knowledge of early Christian history is a little shaky - but how does Christ building a church Himself fit with it being built in (perhaps) AD37?. Especially when according to the good doctor (and damn fine striker in his day) Christ travelled to talk with druids (did they know Aramaic, did he know ancient Celtic?) and trade tin before he was thirty? I mean He was born around 4BC and crucified in his early thirties right?
What the bloody hell is this farrago of wild and self-contradictory nonsense for? Has Strachan gone doolally with a case of the Dan Browns? Or is there some bizarre ulterior motive? God knows but even He doesn’t move in such mysterious ways.
I’m currently down with a vile lurgy but I’m not making this up am I?