Christianity, the New Testament, and the World of Jesus’ Jerusalem Notes by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein 4 - Where was Jesus Educated? Part of the non-biblical tradition surrounding Jesus was where he received his education (and many groups want to make these claims for their own reasons and agendas): First in the Essene communities, of which there were many in a network all across the ancient world; In India (where there is to this day a tradition of a beautiful young man, known as St. Issa, who came at the turn of the last age to study and was a great teacher and healer); In Persia; In a mystery school of Egypt; In England, where he and his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea are supposed to have visited Glastonbury. Today at the church in Glastonbury there grows a thorn tree that supposedly grew from Joseph’s staff, which he stuck in the ground and which supposedly blossomed miraculously; a cutting of it was taken to the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and a thorn tree grows there as well. Later Joseph supposedly transported the Grail used at the Last Supper to Glastonbury, so this legend (whether it was actually conceived at the time or in a more modern period) has become part of the Arthurian legends. Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily