What if Jesus was just an ordinary boy searching for enlightenment? This award-winning novel re-imagines Jesus's epic life, and in particular, the eighteen years not mentioned in the Bible.
In the year 8 AD, five-year-old Yeshua receives a visit from two mysterious strangers who predict he will bring a message of peace to the world. Oblivious of the prophecy, Yeshua grows up yearning to be a rabbi, but soon learns that it’s his duty and destiny to become a carpenter like his father.
One day, when a Buddhist pilgrim tells Yeshua about a country called Sindh where anyone can be a monk, his hope is kindled. He joins a camel caravan and sets off on a thousand-mile journey across the Silk Road into the unknown. Along the way, he studies the teachings of the Buddha and Krishna and loses his virginity to a beautiful young widow in a secluded convent. Upon returning to Palestine after nearly twenty years, he finds a country tormented by the Romans who perceive him as a dangerous rebel.
THE TRANSMIGRANT is an alternative, fictional take on the life of Jesus of Nazareth, inspired both by ancient scriptures and relatively new findings, such as Russian traveler Nicolas Notovitch's 1894 book "The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ." It is a remarkable tale of self-discovery and a reflection on the lengths to which a man will go to be admired, accepted, and, ultimately, loved.
In this chapter, Yeshua is finally given the chance to speak before a crowd in the sacred city Benares (Varanasi). This is all he’s ever aspired to, the reason for all his hard work: his dream come true. But when the time comes to share his knowledge, he gets nervous. Speaking always seemed easy, until now. What if he fails? Whatever happens, he just cannot mess this up.
Sweat trickled down Yeshua’s armpits, staining his robe. He knew how to speak and he knew people would listen, but he had never been appraised before. He must impress his teachers, show them he was worthy. His head spun and he could barely breathe. Teaching was what God had called him to do; it was the reason he had left Palestine and had brought such disgrace upon his family.