11 October 2012

Jesus in Devon?

Think of Burgh Island and I think of Agathat Christie but according to Michael Goldsworthy  the island holds a far greater secret.

Goldsworthy says there are bodies hidden on Burgh Island and he hasr informed the Torquay coroner of his suspicions as, alongside the human remains, he believes there could also be priceless treasure.

Goldsworthy maintains that hidden on the island are the remains of Joseph of Arimathea, the legendary uncle of Jesus, plus some of the most famous artefacts of history including, possibly the famed Ark of the Covenant. He also claims the island may house the body of Jesus himsel

Mr Goldsworthy’s claims concerning Burgh Island are based on his interpretation of a 1,500-year-old Latin riddle attributed to a monk named Melkin. Melkin claimed that the burial place of Joseph of Arimathea, who in the Bible story owned the tomb where Jesus was buried after the crucifixion, was to be found on Avalon, the island which later became famous through the legends of King Arthur. Avalon may be an entirely mythical place, although it has frequently been associated with Glastonbury, a connection once strongly supported by the medieval monks of the abbey there. When Melkin wrote that it would be on Avalon that “Joseph of Arimathea has found perpetual sleep in a marble tomb” it was assumed he was referring to somewhere in the vicinity of Glastonbury abbey or tor.

The crux of Mr Goldsworthy’s theory is that Avalon has been misidentified. He says that it is the same place as another island of legend, Ictis, famed for its role in the tin trade. It is only by correctly interpreting Melkin that the true position of the island can be identified. It is, says Mr Goldsworthy, Burgh Island.  Understanding Melkin, Mr Goldsworthy claims, involves an understanding of ley lines. These are, supposedly, invisible lines of energy in the landscape, which had been known to the Neolithic inhabitants of Britain and were rediscovered by amateur archaeologist Alfred Watkins almost 100 years ago. By drawing ley lines on maps of southern Britain and examining the geometric shapes created, Mr Goldsworthy says that he can make sense of the ancient clues.

If he gets permission to explore the island, what does he expect to find? Enough amazing evidence, he claims, to solve almost every Christian mystery and put a metaphorical bombshell under the traditional Christian teaching that Jesus died on the cross, was resurrected from the dead and ascended into heaven.
“After the crucifixion, Joseph managed to obtain Jesus’s body and supposedly collected his blood and sweat into one or two receptacles and brought them with him to England and for all the Grail’s multitudinous depictions, it is the connection with Jesus that is the one unchanging theme. The vessel or vessels supposedly now lie with Joseph of Arimathea in an undiscovered sepulchre on mainland Britain.”

Advancing over 1000 years to the time of the famed religious order of warriors, the Knights Templar, Goldsworthy says they must have known about the hiding place on Burgh Island and its contents. In 1307, he maintains, three ships arrived off the island bringing sacred treasures from the Holy Land to secrete in what they would have believed was a special place. They took away with them the shroud as a relic and souvenir. The Christmas carol ‘I saw three ships’ is said to originate from this visit, as the ships sailed in on Christmas day to attract the least attention.

What happened to the Templars and their ships subsequently is unknown. However their secret did not die with them. Mr Goldsworthy maintains that Leonardo da Vinci was in the know and painted images of Burgh Island and the river estuary into his two versions of the painting “Madonna of the Yarnwinder”. The geology, it is also said, of his painting “Virgin and the Rocks” is also identifiable as that of Burgh Island.

What undermines Mr Goldsworthy’s claims, as far as the sceptics and mainstream scholars are concerned, are their all-embracing nature. To suggest Joseph of Arimathea is on the island is one thing, but to say so is Jesus, the Holy Grail, Templar treasure, possibly the Ark of the Covenant, that his discoveries solve the mystery of the Turin Shroud – and Leonardo knew all about it – might stretch the credulity of even the most ardent conspiracy theorist.
Well  I et he can string a coherent sentence. That's one u on that drivel merchant Dan Brown


susan said...

It looks a pretty place. If he'd pay my way for a stay at that hotel I wouldn't mind keeping my eyes peeled when I went for a walk.

Steve Hayes said...

Something is lacking? What about Jesus' wife?

jams o donnell said...

It's a lovely place by looks if eh Susan

Now that would cause some controvery in western churches anyway

SnoopyTheGoon said...

It sounds like a "lost and found" place for the whole world. I hope they will find my lost pair of reading glasses I am looking for lately.

jams o donnell said...

And 5 billion biros!