PrefaceYeshu’a---Whilst this book is basically a novel chronicling the life of Jesus’ so-called lost years, it contains many truths that have long been forgotten or seriously ignored. However, a great deal has already been written about His life in sources other than Christian. It is important to stress that the Master Jesus is revered by all religions, and has joined the ranks of the ten Celestial Avatars, who have come to assist Mankind throughout history; e.g. Malseini, Rama, Krishna, and now Kalki, in His triple incarnations as Sai. It was from these ‘others’ that I have sourced a great deal of my research for this book.
Down through the ages it has been repeated that the Jews crucified Jesus. I dispute this, as Jesus never had reason to feel in any danger from His own people; the Jewish people. He was a Jew and not a Gentile. Neither was He a Nazarene, for that is a name given to one who was not of the Jewish faith, or one who had converted from Judaism, and not taken to be a place called Nazareth.
The danger came from the Roman authority of the time and their fellow travellers - wealthy Jewish merchants - for the latter had protection under the Roman/Jewish Treaty. That treaty also allowed for the Romans to put on trial, and execute, criminals on behalf of the Jews, for Jews were not allowed, by their own laws, to perform the act of killing except in the form of sacrificial animal slaughter, as offerings to their God.
The Jewish people became the ‘scapegoats’ for centuries to come, by those who chose to side-step the responsibilities for their actions and blame others. The truth is that the Romans exercised a brutal regime throughout the middle east.
But it was when Jesus over-turned the tables of trade and banking which were being practised within the confines of the Temple in Jerusalem, that His fate was sealed. Arrested, He was starved and tortured for seven days, weakening Him and making it difficult for Him to carry the cross to the site of execution. Also, it was the followers of Barabbas who called out for the release of their leader, when the choice between Jesus and Barabbas was presented to them by Pilate, not the general Jewish population, who saw Him as a teacher - a rabbi.
Whilst Jesus is known today by that name, He was called by different names at different times and cultures; e.g. Yessu, Yusa Asaph, Isha Natha, Issa or Isa in Tibet. Asaph denotes that He healed lepers. At birth He was Immanuel, later Joshua. In Aramaic as Jesu, in Urdu as Yusu, to the Greeks as Iesous, and the Romans as Iesus. I chose to call Him Yeshu’a, “The Help of Yahveh.”