Did Jesus study mysticism in southwest England?

Little is written in the Christian gospels about Joseph of Arimathea, a rich Jewish merchant who provided the prepared tomb for Jesus. But the apocrypha gospels and other writings not included in the Bible as Christians know it today, but written at the same time as that which is included and tradition suggest he was far more important to Jesus in both life and death than most people imagine. In addition, tradition also suggests that Joseph of Arimathea was instrumental in establishing the followers of Christ in England, and may, indeed, have introduced the young Jesus to druidic mystical writings on a visit to Cornwall when Jesus was a boy. Druidic magical beliefs are usually attributed to Ireland, but England had them as well.

If it seems difficult to credit, consider this: Although tradition says Jesus was a lowly carpenter’s son, Joseph father of Jesus was of the royal House of David, which was not impoverished and did raise its sons to be as well educated as possible. While moderns think of each area of the ancient world as cut off from the others, that is not true. Trade was vigorous all around the Mediterranean, and along the Atlantic cost of Europe as far as Britain, at least. The Milesians, who settled in Ireland, sailed from the coast of Spain, …

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  1. While I would like to believe in the connection between St. Joseph and Britain, I think Daniel Scavone, through his meticulous examination of the documentary evidence, has traced the legend to its source. It was William of Malmesbury, an early 12th century English monk, who first placed the apostle Philip – and, by extension St. Joseph of Arimathea, who is associated by tradition with St. Philip – in France (Gaul) rather than Asia Minor (Galatia). The monks of Glastonbury then claimed St. Joseph for Britain, based on William’s work. Scavone then makes a good case that the idea of the Holy Grail is a Western misinterpretation of stories of the Mandylion (which is probably the Shroud of Turin). Scavone lays it all out in “Joseph of Arimathea, the Holy Grail and the Edessa Icon”:

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