What if Jesus was just an ordinary boy searching for enlightenment? This award-winning novel re-imagines Jesus's epic life, and in particular, the eighteen years not mentioned in the Bible.
In the year 8 AD, five-year-old Yeshua receives a visit from two mysterious strangers who predict he will bring a message of peace to the world. Oblivious of the prophecy, Yeshua grows up yearning to be a rabbi, but soon learns that it’s his duty and destiny to become a carpenter like his father.
One day, when a Buddhist pilgrim tells Yeshua about a country called Sindh where anyone can be a monk, his hope is kindled. He joins a camel caravan and sets off on a thousand-mile journey across the Silk Road into the unknown. Along the way, he studies the teachings of the Buddha and Krishna and loses his virginity to a beautiful young widow in a secluded convent. Upon returning to Palestine after nearly twenty years, he finds a country tormented by the Romans who perceive him as a dangerous rebel.
THE TRANSMIGRANT is an alternative, fictional take on the life of Jesus of Nazareth, inspired both by ancient scriptures and relatively new findings, such as Russian traveler Nicolas Notovitch's 1894 book "The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ." It is a remarkable tale of self-discovery and a reflection on the lengths to which a man will go to be admired, accepted, and, ultimately, loved.
In this passage, Yeshua returns to the Temple of Jerusalem for the first time in eighteen years, after having travelled the world and studied with masters of many faiths. The circle comes to a close, and he looks back upon his life in gratitude. When I started writing the novel, I didn’t know how his story would end. I followed him on his journey and learned together with him, chapter after chapter, country after country, and religion after religion. When it came to the end, I knew I had to say goodbye to Yeshua at a point where the New Testament continues. For me, the circle was also complete. Yeshua had told his story the way he wanted to tell it, and I had to accept his wish.
The temple in Jerusalem rose majestically before him. Blinding white and shimmering like gold, it stretched toward the sky in a solid testament to God’s power. Yeshua paused as a shiver rose up his spine. The magnificence of the temple still made him dizzy. As a boy, the temple had changed his life forever. His first visit had confirmed his life’s purpose—to serve God, to study and teach. What had seemed impossible then had come to pass: he had spent his life learning. And now he was sharing his knowledge with his disciples. The circle was complete.