I'm afraid there is significant evidence that the present
"Glastonbury" site is an 11th or 12th century monkish invention, along with
the "tomb" of Arthur there.
At the time that Joseph might have come to Britain Glastonbury was
just a hill.
An interesting and provocative cite is "The Holy Kingdom," Adrian
Gilbert, Bantam 1998.
The basic problem as always is documentation of one sort or another.
At 01:41 PM 10/17/2004, you wrote:
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Edward V. Foreman" <[log in to unmask]>
> > The Josephus citation is now generally considered to be a late
> > interpotation.
>Sort of, actually some scholars have decided that in substance it is correct
>with some shading by a later Christian writer. However, the bulk of the
>evidence points to it as being genuine.
>See: The Reliability of the Secular References to Jesus by J. P. Holding.
>As for the legend that Jesus came to Britian as a teenager with his Uncle
>Joseph of Arimathea and later Joseph came and planted a church at
>Glastonbury in AD (CE) 63, there is no direct evidence for this. However,
>all one of faith need do is visit Glastonbury Abbey to feel how very special
>a place it really is. He is also called by St. Mark and by St. Luke "a
>bouleutes", literally, "a senator", whereby is meant a member of the
>Sanhedrin or supreme council of the Jews. He was, according to legend, a
>tin trader who frequented the tin mines at Cornwall. According to the
>legend, he brought the young teen aged Jesus on one of his tin trading
>journeys. Jesus is supposed to have learned about Druidism and the Druids
>learned from him.
>The legend of Joseph bringing the Christian faith to Britian is really
>dismissed by the Roman Rite as well as historians and skeptics. If Joseph
>really did bring Christianity to England as early as AD 63 or 37, it means
>that Christianity in England predates Christianity in other Western European
>nations such as Spain and France - and may even pre-date the establishment
>of Christianity in Rome itself! Thus, the claims of the papacy could be
>called into question at least in as far as an authority of a national church
>in England goes. (Get it?) ;-)
>Baton Rouge, La, USA