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Nicolas Notovitch might well have disappeared from history if it were
not for the Tibetan documents he allegedly discovered and had translated
in a Himis monastery. He is not referenced in the 2008 Encyclopedia Britannica
and any mention of him on the internet always refers to him in context
to his book The Unknown Years of Jesus Christ.
He was born in the Crimea in 1858 but no one knows when or where he died
as a record of his death has not been located.
He was probably born a Jew but converted to Russian Orthodoxy.
He may or may not have been a war correspondent, but it is agreed he was
a journalist and wrote in Russian and French at least 11-12 booksprimarily
dealing with politics of Russia. He was known then by the elite of Europe
for they studied his books. Some of the titles include Russia and the
English Alliance: A Historical and Political Study; The Czar, His
Army and Navy; and
The Pacification of Europe and Nicholas II.
However, the one book that brought him unusual fame was the same and only
religious book he is known to write.
But it was enough to get his footprint off the beach and his initials
chiseled into the rock.
After the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-78 Notovich traveled around the near
east: India, Afghanistan and elsewhere to finally land in a Tibetan monastery
in Himis. There Notovich contends the chief lama there made available
to him some documents that relate to the travels of Jesus in India and
elsewhere. Notovitch had the old manuscripts translated then published
into a book entitled the
Unknown life of Jesus Christ.
This book generated immediate attention and enduring controversy.
It challenged the longstanding tradition that Jesus stayed in Israel all
Perhaps the biggest problem was no one could confirm the existence of
the documents or that even that Notovitch visited the monastery. Follow
up visits by various investigators shortly after publication
could not verify Notovitchs claim.
Notovitch was branded as a fraud and endlessly criticized. However, Notovitch
did not spend much time mounting a defense but faded back into obscurity.
A more detailed dissertation of that controversy
is discussed here. The Notovitch story might have ended thereif
it were not for subsequent sightings of the
elusive Issa manuscripts.
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