The Extraordinary Evidence that Jesus Visited the British Isles
by Dennis Price
‘And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountain’s green,
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen’
Do William Blake’s lyrics for the popular hymn ‘Jerusalem’ reveal an extraordinary insight into the so-called ‘missing years of Jesus’ – the 18 years that are unaccounted for in the Bible from when Jesus was a boy of 12 to his sudden reappearance at the age of 30? Archaeologist and classical scholar Dennis Price has investigated the clues in Blake’s evocative poem and has paid meticulous attention to the accounts in the ancient Aramaic and Greek versions of the Bible, and he’s also conducted an exhaustive and unprecedented study into the myths and legends of Christ in Britain. With the assistance of specialists in their own fields and by viewing this enthralling subject as a modern missing person’s investigation, Dennis Price has pieced together the various pieces of the jigsaw and now presents compelling and highly original evidence that Christ did indeed visit Britain in the company of Joseph of Arimathea ‘in ancient times’. The weight of new material suggests that Christ remained in Britain for several years before eventually returning to his homeland in the east, and this truly extraordinary book now provides a wealth of new information for all those who are intensely curious about this otherwise undocumented period in the life of the most famous person the world’s ever known.
I had always been vaguely aware of the so-called ‘missing years’ of Jesus, but it wasn’t until around 2005 that the enormity of it really sank in on me. Here was the most famous person the world has ever known, who went missing during his teenage years, his early adulthood and what we would call his formative years. In total, he’s missing for 18 years, between the ages of 12 and 30, which is more than half his entire lifetime of 33 years.
I couldn’t find any comparable figure like this, because we even know about the lives of Attila the Hun and King Arthur; both ‘Dark Ages’ figures, yet we’ve got a good idea of what they were doing from cradle to grave. Even if there are some gaps or inconsistencies, they’re nothing like the 18 missing years of JC.
After a couple of months of looking, I was just about to conclude that there was nothing to find, when I made my first big discovery pertaining to Joseph of Arimathea, which I’ve gone into in detail in my book. After that, more and more things came to light, resulting in a 90,000 word non fiction book – it won’t spoil things to learn that I believe all the evidence points towards JC having spent as many as 18 years in the West of England and South Wales, but there’s far more detail than just that and it’s all in my book. Do I personally believe that he spent as many as 18 years here? Yes, I do, but it’s a matter of simple historical fact to me, nothing more, while there’s just no evidence for him having been anywhere else during this time.
Response to the book
I’m very proud of the fact that I’ve had correspondence and equal praise for my book from devout Christians, pagans, Druids, atheists, archaeologists and other professionals, the consensus of opinion being that no one else has looked into the matter of Jesus in Britain as comprehensively and impartially as I’ve done, regardless of whether or not they think that all my evidence is ‘admissible’ or whether they agree with my conclusions.
I have a lot of stories to tell about my book and how it was written, and while some of it was frustrating and exasperating, it really wasn’t such a problem to write, because I’ve encountered far worse by way of obstacles and unpleasantness in other walks of my life.
Having said that, there’s something deeply satisfying about marching to a different drummer, while my all-time hero as far as these matters are concerned was Friedrich Schliemann, who chose to believe every word of the Iliad at a time when the entire academic establishment thought it was nothing more than a collection of fairy tales and as a result, went on to discover the ‘fabled’ city of Troy.
Dennis Price is the author of The Missing Years of Jesus: The Extraordinary Evidence that Jesus Visited the British Isles. An archaeologist, writer and performer, he is an expert on Stonehenge, with a particular interest in the ancient myths, legends and historical accounts of these enigmatic ruins.
For more FAQ’s about the book you can go to the Eternal Idol blog or you can go to Youtube to watch a video interview.