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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

satchi December 17, 2007 at 10:36 pm

Thankyou to all at Eternal Idol! My days in 2007 have been all the richer for having your wonderful photographs, discoveries, beautiful writings, downright fun and many many laughs in it. You’re all wonderful!
Happy Happy Christmas
Satchi

Dennis December 18, 2007 at 12:41 am

Thank you, but the pleasure’s all ours. There’ll be more to relate in 008!

Chris Walker February 29, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Dear Denis,
I have an interest in the concept of a roof on Stonehenge. This is an idea that crops up every now and again for at least 350 years. I have been sending a few messages to the Modern Antiquarian web site to see what people in general think. I thought it would be nice to have a guide for people who might have asked the question “Did stonehenge have a roof ?” as the question seems to be studiously avoided by mainstream archaeologists.
The main problem that I have is that although one can envisage timbers being stretched between the outer sarsens and the inner trilithon horseshoe, it is very difficult to see how a beam (approx 20 metres) could have been placed across the open arms of the horseshoe. However, there is one type of structure that can be made to fit onto Stonehenge and that is a dome. The dome would consist of a series of “wall plates” (i.e. interlocking timbers which normally support a roof in a neolithic house), with each “wall plate” supporting the one above and a gradually reducing radius for each higher “wall plate”. Hence I was intrigued to see in your blog the greek text by Diodorus that the temple was “ball shaped”. I am not the first to suggest a dome on Stonehenge and some archaeologists believe that Woodhenge was domed rather than the roof dropping in the middle as is often portrayed. However, I am not yet sure if they have used the comments by Diodorus as the basis for their argument. In addition, if you are interested, you might like to look at the “Stonehenge pot” which can be found in Devizes museum. The pot is so called because of its apparent likeness to Stonehenge.

best regards
Chris Walker

Dennis February 29, 2008 at 11:43 pm

Hi Chris,

Thanks very much for writing in and I’ll try to organise my thoughts on the subject. Right, I’m not personally inclined to think that the stone phase of Stonehenge ever had a roof and these, in brief, are my reasons.

As you point out, there are obvious problems in trying to put beams for a flat roof across the lintels on account of the trilithons. I’m inclined to think that a great deal of observation of the sky took place at Stonehenge, so I can’t see a good reason for impeding this view with a roof. I’ve seen numerous suggestions for a roof over the years, but to my mind, they bear the hallmarks of modern ingenuity rather than a realistic guess as to what our ancestors might once have put in place, and why.

I suppose a dome’s not out of the question, if only because the original builders performed near miracles in stone, so I’d assume they’d have been capable of even more impressive feats in wood, if they’d put their minds to it. However, even if I can’t envisage a purpose to a domed roof or a flat roof, there’s the question of how such a structure could have been seen as an integral part of the monument. A wooden roof would be liable to periodic collapse, rotting, fire and being blown away by the wind, so if there was a roof and if the original builders thought it was an integral part of the monument, then successive generations would have had their work cut out maintaining and replacing it.

Having said all that, Julian Richards makes a very good point towards the end of his 1990 book on Stonehenge when he compares mediaeval houses in Britain that were made of stone, but which had extensive wooden facades, staircases and the like built into and onto them. I can certainly see a wooden top and lintels to Stone 11, while I don’t find it hard to envisage scaffolding and perhaps staircases or ladders in some places. I also remember seeing a programme a few years ago that tried to reconstruct the apparatus for erecting a cover over the seats in the Colisseum, because a single surviving mosaic or fresco had shown a movable awning in place over an amphitheatre.

Many variations on the idea of a roof or ceiling are possible, despite the engineering problems, but for what it’s worth, I don’t really think for a moment that there was ever a roof of any kind over the stone phase of Stonehenge, because I think there are too many compelling reasons for our ancestors wanting an unimpeded view of the sky above the monument and within the view afforded by the circle of lintels. I also think there’s persuasive evidence that our ancestors used the top of the lintels as a ceremonial walkway as well, something that would have been very difficult if a roof of any kind had been in place.

Chris Walker March 1, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Dear Denis,
In his book “StoneHenge And Other British Monuments Astronomically Considered” (1908) Norman Lockyer wrote “There can be little doubt that the temple was originally roofed in, and that the suns first ray, suddenly shining into the darkness, formed a fundamental part of the cultus.” I can imagine the statement “There can be little doubt” raising a few hackles! Nevertheless, if I was asked to guess I might go along with what Norman Lockyer was saying. In addition, if one considers the golden bronze age hats and the Golden Cape of Mold which are believed to represent items used by priests of the Europe wide sun cult, then one can hazard a guess as to how they might have been used. If the priest had worn these items and stood in that first ray, then those in the congregation (watching in the gloom) would have seen the priest suddenly shine very brightly as if by magic. (The hats are tall and pointed and have astronomical symbols on them – they have been compared to modern day wizards hats) That is how I perceive the ritual might have been. My feeling is that if they had wanted to watch the heavens they would have done it outside. Anyway, I guess we will have to agree to disagree.

Best Regards
Chris

Dennis March 1, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Hi Chris,

It seems to me that you’re assuming that Lockyer knew who or what the cult was and what was important to them as well, but I wasn’t around in 2,300 BC, so I can’t say. The thought of gold-bedecked priests being magically illuminated is an interesting idea, but as I’ve been lucky enough enough to see gold artefacts being unearthed a couple of times, it burns brightly enough anyway in the sun’s rays even after having been underground for millennia.

I also like the idea of the sun’s rays striking into the confines of a gloomy chamber or temple and this obviously takes place at sites like Newgrange in a highly effective manner. It’s a nice thought that it once happened at Stonehenge, while it’s almost certain that it did when the timber structures were in place. However, I’m not an expert, but my main reservation is trying to realistically see how the people could have built a roof at Stonehenge and kept it in place for centuries. It’s not out of the question, but I just can’t see how it’s likely or practicable.

Best wishes from

Dennis

Chris Walker March 3, 2008 at 5:08 pm

Hi Dennis,
Well the bit about the gold bedecked priests was my flight of fancy. No harm in imagining….
As regards the maintenance of the roof, its difficult to estimate, but wood in houses has been known to last hundreds of years (presumably predating all the modern treatments that are now available) and thatch might need replacing every twenty years.
I don’t believe the technology for a dome is unique to Stonehenge and it should appear elsewhere. Indeed, there appears to be an evolutionary trend from structures with lots of pits (e.g. Woodhenge) to ones with fewer pits (e.g. Sarn-y-Bryn) as they realised that by changing the pitch of the roof with height (i.e. turning it from a cone into a dome) the roof would be self supporting. This technology probably died out in England with the arrival of the Romans, but carried on in Ireland. Many of the hill forts there are regarded as roofless as they are too large to support a roof (just like Stonehenge). Some of these structures are supposed to be the homes of the local kings. I find it hard to believe they lived in a roofless structure. However, a dome could have been placed on these structures with relative ease. The trouble is such structures leave virtually no footprint in the archaeology.

Best wishes
Chris

Chris Walker March 3, 2008 at 5:16 pm

Hi Denis,
I replied, but it seems what I wrote didn’t appear. I think I might set up my own blog.
Cheers
Chris

Dennis March 3, 2008 at 7:09 pm

As Carl Sagan wrote “Imagination takes us to worlds that never were, but without it, we go nowhere”. Start your own blog if you like, Chris, but anyone who’s got anything original, inspired and/or informed to say about Stonehenge is always welcome here, whether or not I agree with them, because all these things make us think. And that’s got to be a good thing.

JohnWitts August 5, 2008 at 6:07 am

Denis

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/08/04/article-1041340-0229C86500000578-858_468x286.jpg

The above rock art struck me as bearing a remarkable resemblance to Stonehenge – seemingly an Avenue breaking the concentric circles/elispses.

Rgds
John

The link again:
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/08/04/article-1041340-0229C86500000578-858_468x286.jpg

JohnWitts September 28, 2008 at 10:53 am

Dennis

In your Timewatch article was the spring on the Avenue (photo) or at the Cursus (text)?

Personally I feel water had a key part to play in the scheme of things and that part of the reason Stonehenge fell out of use is the water dried up.

This is from

http://www.louistalboys.com/stonehenge/downloads/stonehenge%20geophysical.pdf

” The Stonehenge Avenue’s precise terminus and character at the riverbank is not known but it is located immediately downstream from a spring which marks the end of a former water course that once rose on Larkhill. The spring was probably higher up this small valley in the Neolithic but the link with Larkhill may be deliberate rather than fortuitous.This water course, insignificant today, may have been an important feature of the sacred landscape of the Neolithic: as well as rising on Larkhill, it also flows past the east end of an important earlier monument, the Greater Cursus, which crosses the Stonehenge bowl from east to west. This cursus is another linear monument, consisting of parallel ditches and internal banks running for over 2.5 km; it has not been firmly dated by excavation but is accepted on the available evidence to have been built around 3400 – 3000 BC, the Middle Neolithic. This class of linear monuments is found throughout Britain (J. Harding and Barclay 1999). Their purpose is unclear although they are recognized to have had ritual and ceremonial significance. Their most important feature is their relationship with the surrounding landscape, particularly water: most cursuses are positioned with water courses running perpendicular to them, either at their ends or through their middles, and the Greater Cursus is no exception.”

If you look at

http://www.stonehengelaserscan.org/landscape.html

and at the laser generated image there is what appears to be a water channel which flowing from the higher ground to the west of Stonehenge north easterly. It passes the monument to the north (seemingly close enough to have relevance to the Mesolithic post holes). This channel joins the main north-south flow mentioned above at the confluence with two other channels very close to the elbow of the Avenue. This may well have had a bearing on the direction and function of the latter feature.

The idea may be supported by the following evidence.

http://www.avebury-web.co.uk/avebury_map.html

On this page you have to find the Google map and then scroll south (passing Marden on the way) until coming to the A334 /A303. Then scroll east to Stonehenge. If you move west from Stonehenge to the A360 there is a field to the east of the A360 clearly showing dark features. My guess is this is could be the result of a higher moisture content but I would appreciate expert opinion on this.

This idea is explored in more depth at http://orionbeadling.net/MOAT.html

Although the southern causeway is a (large) barrier to overcome the idea the ditch contained water explains why Hawley (later confirmed by Evans) found a significant “dark organic layer” in it. I have not seen evidence of this dark layer from photos of excavations around Stonehenge but again I would appreciate expert opinion.

I did not want to put this lengthy text on a general topic but interestingly the cursus and avenue are linked by the north south flow and the palisade ditch also heads for the elbow of the Avenue.

Tom Flowers June 25, 2009 at 8:07 pm

You???re not going to buy my book that tells were the proofs of Stonehenge can be found, so kindly remove my advert from your site and also your critique from your home page.
Thank you Tom Flowers.

Dennis June 25, 2009 at 9:26 pm

How the hell do you know I’m not going to buy your book? I’m sorry you’re so thin-skinned about the mild and constructive criticisms I made of your austere home page, because they were not intended to offend; you could contrast this with the way that I cheerfully promote all the bad reviews that I get on the front page of my site, for all the world to see.

Aside from that, I really do not have the time to edit what I’ve already written to suit you, Tom – you were the one that wrote in with an advert in the first place, announcing it in the way you did, and I’m not going to rewrite history, even if I did have the time to do so [which I don't].

Tom Flowers June 26, 2009 at 8:31 am

Now then Dennis, don’t get shirty. It???s just that I do not wish to get into protracted discussions with people who clearly want my secrets handed freely on a plate. And like you, I don’t have the time.

Tim July 13, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Hello Dennis, dont know if you remember me but I have just had a pint with a mutual friend from Uganda (R.Brough). Congratulations on the book, is it any good? I might buy a copy. Hope you and your family are happy and well. If you are ever back up this way we should drink.

Cheers

Tim

LAIQA BROWNE December 3, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Dennis,
I have only just heard of your book, after pursuing info on the newly released documentary, ‘And Did Those Feet’.
I have a vested interest as I am a Glastonbury Town Councillor.
Are you aware of the egg-shaped rock, at the far right handside of the Abbot’s kitchen within Glastonbury Abbey? It has an indentation in it & appears similar to the footprint of Abraham. The rock does not seem to be from the area & some say it is indeed the footprint of Jesus!!
It would certainly be interesting to have the rock geologically tested, to see where it originates from?
The more proof you uncover re Jesus being here, the better. Please keep me informed & I shall tell The Abbey of your book & that they should try to sell it.

Lee Smeaton January 31, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Church comission land.
Look, I know that metal detectorists are not everyone’s friend, but all my buddies report everything, we remove loads of litter, assist farmers and put off developers sniffing. I know many don’t report, but we are trying to educate.. many thanks

Dennis January 31, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I don’t know what prompted that, Lee, but you are always welcome to write in and I’ve always stuck up for metal-detectorists as far back as my Wessex days, when it wasn’t popular. Like lots of other things.

andrew oakley June 9, 2010 at 8:36 pm

well hello Dennis, how are you and your family?Just found your web site last night, sent you a message too! glad to see you’re doing well. would welcome a reply from you. Andrew.

Tom Flowers July 2, 2010 at 1:18 am

Hi Dennis
My latest book is for sale. It gets straight to the point, and that is why it is so cheap at only 3.85 plus P & P. Its title is… “The real” Durrington Walls Southern Circle “Families of Three.”
Its available now, but only by visiting my website… http://www.DefinitiveStonehenge.com.
If however, you baulk at this title, then you might prefer the alternative… www. Astronomicalintercourse.com
PS. The Real Avebury (and others) is in the pipeline!

Dennis July 2, 2010 at 2:02 am

You should have posted this under the Stonehenge News section – more people are likely to see it that way.

Tom Flowers July 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Thanks Dennis, but it never was my intention to advertise on your blog.
Besides, I enjoy reading it.
Perhaps one day, if I fail to get my small and insignificant voice heard, and finally give up, I might be able to contribute. Until then I give away as little as possible.
GOOD LUCK.
Tom.

TONY HINCHLIFFE August 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Dennis, I’d just like to say I agree with your recent item, “How long must we allow this utter travesty to continue?” with regard to the lack of any consistent dissemination of information of new archaeological discoveries with respect to Stonehenge, Avebury, Wessex, or indeed, Britain.
I was at the May 22nd Devizes Seminar on “Researching the Stonehenge & Avebury World Heritage Site”, which Alex Down summarised so well for Eternal Idol.
In summing up the Seminar, Julian Richards did express dismay at the lack of any reliable Internet Source for new research and excavation findings.
As a former Information Librarian, I, like you, find it amazing that news of fresh archaeological discoveries are not shared with an enthusiastic British public in a more consistent and objective manner.

Pablo Olivares October 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Hi Dennis.
Have you read this news? What do you think about it?
http://www.eutimes.net/2010/08/scientists-confirm-pyramids-in-bosnia-are-oldest-known-pyramids-in-the-world/
Bosnian pyramids have been finally confirmed. Pyramid experts from all over the world have confirmed the existence of the Bosnian pyramids. In addition, 90% of all these experts said that the the Bosnian pyramids are by far the world’s largest and oldest pyramids. There are five (5) pyramids in Bosnia and it is said that they are 12000-26000 years old. In 2010 UNESCO added the Bosnian pyramids into their World Heritage sites. UNESCO and the CIA are planning to make the Bosnian Pyramid Valley the world’s largest and most valuable historical monuments by 2012.
The Bosnian Pyramid Vally consists of the five following pyramids:
-Pyramid of Sun (world’s oldest and largest pyramid)
-Pyramid of Moon (world’s second oldest and largest pyramid)
-Pyramid of Love
-Pyramid of Earth
-Pyramid of Boson
From the officially website: http://www.piramidasunca.ba/en/ :” the first task is to investigate and protect the Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids as the most significant archaeological monument in Europe .” Then Silbury Hill is not anymore ” the tallest prehistoric human-made mound in Europe” ?
Could be any relation between Silbury Hill and Bosnian pyramids?
Thanks as always.
Pablo
Ah! I’m still waiting for my last question: What do you think of Crop Circles?

Cynthia Krueger January 8, 2012 at 3:22 am

Hi Dennis,

I just watched your interview about Jesus in England and I loved it. I plan to acquire the book and expect it to be just wonderful. I have an ‘insight’ I want to share with you and want to know if you can put some archeology with it. I think it is interesting and would shed more light on why Jesus went to England instead of some other place: there are lots of legends that the Lost 10 Tribes of the Hebrews traveled into England, intermixing with the pagans that lived there during the Bronze Age. It is well known that the Celts celebrated several annual feasts and the modern reconstructionist Pagan groups have worked to celebrate these feasts, reconstructing them as best they are able.

I also had a “lightbulb” moment when I studied about these modern pagan reconstructions of ancient Celtic feasts, because I have also studied the Hebraid feasts listed in Leviticus 23 of the Old Testament – it seems to me that the Hebrews must have brought their Biblical Feasts into England during the Bronze Age, and the feasts of the Hebrews were inter-mixed with Celtic culture, becoming the feasts that the Celts celebrated and which were later adapted by incoming Christians after the 1st century. To me, these feasts are the ‘smoking gun’ – the ‘link’ between the Hebrew Tribes coming into England, and the Celtic people – making them the same people. I have read that so much is the same between the ancient Celts and Hebrews – their language is similar, the duties of their priesthood are similar, even their diet is similar. The Hebrews only had 7 feasts, while modern pagans have eight. Could it be that Hebrews entering into England in the 1st century brought the ‘Hanukah’ feast with them and it also was adapted by the Celts?

Hanukah is mentioned in the New Testament book of John 10, and Jesus is depicted at this feast, which the NT calls the “Feast of Dedication” (of the Jerusalem Temple after the Jews retrieved it back from the Greeks just prior to the 1st century). I personally think these are the very same feasts, for they fall approximately the same time of season and have similar “themes” (yes, the details of the feasts are different on the surface, but their theme is similar, for example both Hanukah and Yule have themes of “returning light”.) I would think the stories around the feasts evolved with time but the underlying theme remained the same.

I also find it peculiar that the modern pagan movement emphasizes worship on new and full moons. The Bible actually commands that this be done in Psalms 81:3, and the ancient Hebrews called this “Rosh Chodesh” – or “New Moon” in Hebrew. It is a celebration that faded out in Hebrew culture after the Jerusalem Temple, as they stopped using the moon for a time indicator. Also both the modern pagans (did the ancient Celts also do this?) want the day to begin at sundown – which is a very Hebraic/Jewish idea. You can read up on the Hebrew Feasts and how to celebrate them, including the Bible scriptures attached to them, at http://www.hebroots.org. I personally am astounded that the Hebraic Feasts match the Celtic Feast system of old, and reconstructed by modern pagan movements today – why is this? I think it is because the Hebrews brought these feasts with them when they were put into exile as Jeremiah 31 says. Jeremiah 31 also says that the Hebrew tribes, as they were exiled, built “waymarkers” as they ventured north through Europe – the stone monuments you find all over Europe must be the very ones that the Hebrews built – they are also all over England.

Something else comes to my mind and that is the archeological find of the Nebra Sky Disk – a Bronze Age disk located in central Germany and engraved with a star chart which was matched with only one in the world, that of a star chart from Bronze Age Babylon – the very place the ancient Hebrews dwelt before they were sent into exile to the Northlands of Europe. I would like to believe that the Hebrews brought that Nebra Sky Disk with them from Babylon on their trek northward into England and lost it in Germany, but that it is evidence that the 10 Lost Tribes of the Hebrews had their hands on it in the Bronze Age and as they ventured into England. All of this, for me, seems to suggest that Jesus really had no where else to go except England where his “other” people lived.

Jesus even said, “Other Sheep I have, not of this fold…they hear my voice and they follow me.” I think he was referring to those who lived in the British Isles. Ezekiel 31 prophecies that one day, the people scattered all over the world, the Lost 10 Tribes (The Kingdom of Israel) , will be reunited to the Jews/Judah (the southern Kingdom), and basically your archeology is doing exactly this – reuniting the Kingdom of Israel/10 Lost Tribes who have become the Celts/UK, with the Jews/Judah through your research. I fully believe and have believed for many years since I first heard, that Jesus did come to England. Of course he did – that’s where his “other sheep” went, the Lost 10 Tribes who went into exile into the lands of the North after they dwelt in Babylon! The FEASTS OF THE HEBREWS matching with the FEASTS OF THE CELTS is the smoking gun – it is not an archeological object you can dig up, but it is a traditional behavior or groupings of behaviors that ‘match’ so closely that it has to have a close connection. No other 2 cultures on earth have such similar feast systems. Here is my personal rundown of the Hebrew Feasts as compared to the Celtic Feasts:
(You can see the Hebraic Feasts listed here – http://urj.org/holidays/jcal/

Yule – Hanukah
Imbolc – Purim
Ostara – Passover/Unleavened Bread/First Fruits
Beltain – Shavout/Jewish Pentacost
Litha – Lag B’Omer
Lughnasadh – Hebrew 1st harvest
Harvest Home – Sukkot/Tabernacles
Samhain – Rosh Hashana/Yom Kipur (New Year for both cultures)

The Hebrew Sabbath – Friday night at sundown/the day always begins at sundown for Jews

New/Full Moon Celebrations – Rosh Chodesh

I know that the dates are not exact, but of course they would not be for a couple of reasons – 1. England is on a different latitude, and their harvest time would have been different, so the celebration for that harvest would have had to be celebrated at the time of the harvest, which would certainly be different in the different climates even though the harvest feast is the same with the same sentiment; 2. the Jews in Jerusalem were used to using the solar and lunar time pieces (sun and moon) from the roof top of the Jerusalem Temple, something the Lost 10 Tribes did not have in England, so the logical time to figure the feast dates without a temple would be the solstices and equinoxes and the times equally between them – it just makes the most sense and since the Babylonians had taught the Jews astrology/astronomy, the lost tribes certainly would have known how to use the sky to figure things like solstices and equinoxes out. If the Nebra sky disk was brought by the Hebrews on their trek north it would prove that they had tools to help them figure out dates using the stars as well, and the book of Daniel tells us that the Babylonians did indeed train the Hebrews their arts of astrology/astronomy and other kinds of ‘magic’/sciences. The day beginning at sundown is a cultural view point – no one else has thought of that except the Hebrews and their Celtic counter parts.

I would really like to see more evidence for the Celts and Hebrews as the ‘same people’ because of these feast day connections. I think this more ancient connection is indeed the reason why Jesus and his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea went to England instead of other places they could have traveled – there was a real, genuine connection of blood with those who dwelt in the UK. I BELIEVE YOU. Thank you so much for your research, it’s wonderful :)

Sincerely and please respond to me, as I am just dying to know if this can be proven. I loved your interview and look forward to your book and also your next book.

Blessings to you, Cynthia, Houston TX., USA

Dennis January 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Cynthia, thank you for your kind words and for your detailed contribution. I hope that you enjoy reading my book and when you do, you’ll see that I concentrated almost exclusively on looking into the evidence for ‘Jesus in Britain’, although I had to take into account the many legends of Joseph of Arimathea being here as well.

Since the book was published, more evidence has come to my attention and I’ve published most of it on this site. However, a Facebook site was created a little while ago, which is run by others, but I contribute information towards it when I can, so this may well end up being the home for anything new that comes in and has come in before now. All this will hopefully engage you for a while, should you choose to look into it.

When I investigated the whereabouts of Jesus as a young man in Britain, it was a relatively simple matter of looking for the ‘footprints’ of an individual person who lived around 2,000 years ago, so I found no need to look into, or even mention, for that matter, the subject of the Lost Tribes of Israel. As such, you are light years ahead of me and I’m perfectly happy to concede this, while I must admit that I had no real intention of pursuing the matter. From what I’ve seen, there’s more than sufficient evidence in a study of Jesus’s circumstances when he was aged 12 to show that he would have felt compelled to leave his homeland, but you’ll find the reasons for this in my book, while you’ll also find a lengthy list of reasons why he should have chosen the West of England to the exclusion of just about anywhere else.

I also consider that the Biblical accounts of his later ministry show notable aspects of his character and of his various skills, which I believe that he acquired over the course of some years spent in Britain. There’s other admissible evidence, but again, I can’t do it justice here, although most of it is in my book. My point is that I feel there are enough specifics about his personal preferences and aspects of his character to be able to say that he had spent time in Britain, so I saw no requirement to look a great deal further than this, although I did of course consider the voyages of the Phoenicians at some length.

Blake Platt June 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

http://www.amazon.co.uk/And-Did-Those-Feet-ebook/dp/B00864NTWI/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1338736251&sr=8-15

Hello Dennis, I came across this as a new release notification. It’s not bad. I read your book and now this book has finally vindicated your theory. I don’t quite understand why it is not in the press, but good to know you now have back up proof.

Blake

Dennis June 3, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Hello Blake,

I was told about this book a few weeks ago, but the email I received contained next to no information at all about it. So, thank you for this link and when I find time, I’ll be happy to devote an entire post to it, as I have done for a number of fellow authors before now. I’ll also include the link you kindly sent me, because it contains a great deal of information and it’ll allow others to become (more) aware of the book and to make up their own minds about it.

I hope you enjoyed my book, which is a far more important consideration, as far as I’m concerned, than subscribing to any theory I put forward. I’m happy that my book contained a huge amount of information relevant to the notion of a youthful Jesus visiting Britain in the early first century, while more information has come in since it was published.

Obviously, I’ve not read the book you’ve alerted me to, but it looks as if it contains a lot of information. From what I can see, there’s far more convincing evidence for Jesus having spent some or all his ‘missing years’ in Britain than there is for any other ‘competing’ location and more evidence continues to trickle in.

I understand perfectly why this isn’t in the press, but my explanation will come as a terrible disappointment to all those who wish to pounce on me for being a conspiracy theorist or the like. I’ve been interviewed by numerous Christians and ministers, while I’ve also been invited to speak in the church in which William Blake was christened, but ‘The Church’ generally takes a different view. Somewhere on these pages is a record of a conversation in which the official position is stated and it’s something like this “We view the stories of Jesus visiting Britain as a pretty legend, but we take the idea of Joseph of Arimathea’s visit altogether more seriously”.

I’m baffled as to why more Christians aren’t interested in the whereabouts of the central figure in their religion during these ‘missing years’, especially as he was missing for more years i.e. 18 than are recorded in the Bible i.e. 15 or so. It makes no odds to me where he was during this time, because the whole affair simply struck me as a fascinating historical mystery, but once again, there seems to be far more evidence for ‘Jesus in Britain’ than there is for ‘Jesus in the Holy Land’, ‘Jesus in Sepphoris‘ or ‘Jesus in Tibet’.

The idea of Jesus spending time in the west of England and south Wales seems perfectly reasonable and credible to me, as it does to many other people. However, if he spent a significant period of time here, as all the evidence and legends suggest, then logic dictates that he got on extremely well with the locals, exhibiting a degree of tolerance and geniality towards others that was a notable hallmark of his later life. Logic also dictates that unless his various gifts for oratory and so forth were divinely granted, then he must have learned them from someone. I don’t think ‘The Church’ can stomach the idea that a youthful Jesus got on with and almost certainly learned a few things from a bunch of Godforsaken, heathen savages on the very fringes of the known world in ancient times, so this is in my opinion why books such as mine don’t receive further coverage.

I don’t mind this in the least, because I have many other things to occupy my time. However, if anyone can offer me any remotely persuasive evidence for Jesus spending his missing years anywhere apart from the West of Britain, then I will of course be very interested to read what they have to say.

Simon Harris October 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Hello Dennis.

Whilst on a Scottish Tourist board sponsored tour of Scottish conference venues the guide told us we were passing through or near the village in Perthshire where Pontius Pilate was said to have been born, as the son of a Roman General on service duty in the hamlet of Fortingall, at the entrance to a picturesque highland glen, where a Roman fort once was situated.
I mused at the time how curious it was, if true, that legend had both Jesus and Pontius Pilate in the British Isles at more or less the same time. “. . . Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world etc. . .” and then put the thought to one side.

Years later, reading about Palestine I saw reference to Caesaria where there is an ancient Pilate Stone, so called because of a Latin inscription that reads “Hiberieum Pontius Pilatus”. Seemingly which would be because the northern Gaelic regions of the British Isles were known to the Romans as Hibernia.

From another source I learned that the Celtic Druid tradition was prevalent in Scotland in the period, when the Druid motto, which the young Pilate, could, or even would, have brushed with, was “Truth against the world”.

Pilate, curiously, asks Jesus “What is truth?” Perhaps a Druidic identifier from one initiate to another? Perhaps Jesus, equally, responded with a signal.

It is odd to historians of the Romans that a man of such ruthlessness as Pilate, who had replaced Valerius Gratus as prefect of Judaea in AD 26 and according to Josephus promptly offended the religious sensibilities of everyone so much so that he was ordered back to Rome (after violently crushing a Samaritan uprising), would ‘fool around’ washing his hands, or wasting even moments on a single ‘ant’ as Jesus must have appeared, let alone trying to argue his innocence.

Unless Jesus was in some way special in the eyes of Pilate?

I have only today learned of your book and am looking forwards to reading it, and wondering if it refers to the local legends of ‘wanderings’ of the Holy Mother and Son in the Islands of South Uist, in the outer Hebrides, which would have brought Him even closer to Pilate when both were children, and to Gaelic Druidism. Definitely, then, even more of a case of “. . . of all the gin joints in all . . .???
Regards.
Simon Harris.

John Witts October 14, 2012 at 7:35 am

The timing would be wrong (invasion AD 43) for Pilate to be a son of a Roman General? Also how much of Pilate’s contribution can be believed? If the new religion was not to be suppressed at source in a Roman world it would have been senssible to disconnect the Romans from any responsibility for Christ’s death?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortingall

But with regard to Fortingall the yew tree is probably far more important.

John Witts October 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

To avoid any misunderstanding I should have made it clear that I am talking about the yew’s association with Christian church yards. http://www.ancient-yew.org/mi.php/trees-in-mythology/79

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