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.
The Second Temple of Jerusalem was the most sacred place in the world for first-century Jews. All faithful men and women were expected to travel there seven times a year to partake in the holy festivals. Of course, in those days, this was an impossibility for poor families who couldn’t give up several days of work for religious practices. Instead, many villages would choose one family to represent them. Often, this would coincide with the year their oldest son turned twelve and became a man. Yeshua, who had always believed he had a unique relationship with God, expected the temple priests to fawn over him and realize just how special he was. Unfortunately, things did not turn out quite like he had planned.
The year Yeshua turned twelve, he joined his parents on his first pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem to celebrate Pesach. The temple had filled his daydreams for years; in them, he wandered around its holy grounds and knelt down in prayer at the altar. He couldn’t believe the time had finally arrived to visit the source of his dreams.