I didn't want to hijack Thistle's thread, so I started a new one.
It is very late and I should be asleep, but I stumbled on Thistle's thread and just had to jump in. Please forgive me if I am a bit curt - I really *do* need to go back to bed!
For those of you looking for books on the historical Jesus, I recommend these:
Jesus Lived in India: His Unknown Life Before and After the Crucifixion, by Holger Kersten
The Lost Years of Jesus: Documentary Evidence of Jesus' 17-Year Journey to the East, by Elizabeth Clare Prophet
These were both quite eye-opening for me! I was raised Lutheran, and was even one of those geeks that carried my bible around with me in High School. Eee-GADS!! Ten years later, after an abusive relationship, I started my journey in earnest. Studied some Native American philosophy, Taoism, practiced with a very good meditation teacher, and eventually became a disciple of a Hindu guru. Then I started thinking about Christ again, and found these books. While I still consider my 'personal saviour' to be my Hindu guru, these books helped me to better understand my early Christianity.
Ok, it *is* late, and I am not thinking clearly. I hope to pick up this thread tomorrow.
(MotherNurture, I am in the eastern Seattle suburbs, and I have spent many, many, happy hours at East West!