Since this is *such* an engaging thread, I hope fellow typophiles
will excuse yet another posting so far removed from our topic (but
then Spam had little to do with type, and was much less
Matt. 3: 13-21 describes Jesus' sojourn in Egypt as a young child. It
is hard to imaginge that by then Pharaonic religion would have
exerted much of an influence, and in any case Joseph and his family
would have probably lodged amongst the Alexandrine Jewish community.
However, it is fair to assume that the Neo-Platonist thought that was
very much in vogue at that time (and which flowered in Jesus'
contemporary Philo of Alexandria) might have been an influence.
Jesus of course may have travelled extensively between the ages of 12
and 30, or not - we will probably never know. However, there would
have been little purpose in his visiting Tibet, since at that time it
was home only to a primitive shamanist religion. The flourishing
Graeco Buddhist centres of Afghanistan would have been far more
attractive (Buddhism was brought to Tibet by refugees from this
civilization, after the Arab invasion of the seventh century). Since
Jesus saw his mission as being addressed to the Jews, it is not
impossible that he visited the 'lost tribes' of the Ben-i-Israel -
the Pashtun tribes of the North West Frontier - who at this time
would still have practiced the Hebraic religion.
As for 'And did those feet...', Mr Blake would have been the first to
deny that anything so prosaic as an actual historical occurence was
behind those words. The England amidst whose 'satanic mills'
Jerusalem was builded exists in the poetic imagination, not in the