What if Jesus was just an ordinary boy seeking enlightenment?
This new novel, The Transmigrant, by Kristi Saare Duarte re-imagines Jesus's epic life, and in particular the eighteen years not mentioned in the Bible.
In the year AD 8, in the backwaters of Galilee, the twelve-year-old carpenter Yeshua nourishes an impossible dream—to become a rabbi. When a Buddhist pilgrim tells him about a country called Sindh where anyone can be a monk, Yeshua's hope is kindled. He joins a camel caravan and sets off on a thousand-mile journey on the Silk Road into the unknown. Guided by the words of the Buddha and Krishna, but crippled by a stubborn reluctance to obey rules, Yeshua stumbles from temple to temple in search of a better place where he can finally teach.
The Transmigrant is an alternative 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," The Transmigrant explores Jesus's life during the years not mentioned in the Bible. It's a remarkable tale of self-discovery that explores the lost years of Jesus, and a reflection on the lengths to which a man will go to be admired, accepted, and, ultimately, loved.