Did Jesus Go to Glastonbury?

Eidos | 9/24/2018 | Staff
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Did Jesus go to Glastonbury?

Not for the music festival, but to the Roman Era tin mines. I have a wonderful little pamphlet by the Revd C.C. Dobson, M.A. suggesting “really maybe!” To quote Dobson directly:

Critic - Story - Authority - Portion - Thing

It is probable that the critic will dissect the whole story thus discovered, and will find the authority or separate portion of it to be weak and insufficient. Probably most will admit, however, that the whole thing hangs together and each portion is al ink which concert the other into a consecutive chain. Negatively, too probably most will admit that no adequate reason exists why it might not be true.

Well, no. There are several reasons to think it might not be true. Here is one: the legends telling of Jesus being in Glastonbury are not nearly ancient enough, at best sixth century if you read cryptic passages in the light that Jesus might have been at Glastonbury.

Answer - Jesus - Glastonbury - Roman - Times

Sadly the answer is almost surely that Jesus did not go to Glastonbury, but if not old compared to Roman times (when Jesus lived in the flesh) the legend is very old in terms of British history and has inspired much story telling. If you want to find the Holy Grail, then Glastonbury is a place to go, since legend, not the musician named John, but a folktale, says that Joseph of Arimathea brought the cup of Christ to Glastonbury after Jesus death.

Almost surely not. Still if you are English, or have English heritage (as I do) or just love England, then the idea is lovely. An idea does not have to be true to inspire great beauty or art. Shakespeare could turn the fairy stories of old England into Midsummer Night’s Dream. Jesus in England, Joseph and the Glastonbury thorn, the Grail, and Arthur, once and future King,...
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