Book review: 'The Lost Teachings of Jesus on the Sacred Place of Women' uses manuscripts claimed to have Christ's words

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  • Anonyme Orem, UT
    May 22, 2014 11:53 a.m.

    It's disappointing that the first mention of this book in the DN is a favorable review. Weeks ago other local news sources pointed out that Gaskill's book has been soundly criticized by religion scholars. The DN reviewer says, “Reserve judgment on the veracity of the documents . . . until more is known.” Enough is known. Gaskill himself admitted on his blog that “academics almost universally dismiss” Notovitch's memoir as a fraud. If Gaskill were truly “representing this message as possible-but-unproven preaching from the Savior,” he wouldn't have given it its presumptuous title.

    The reviewer says the verses include “basic principles of the power of womanhood.” That's true if you believe women's power lies in their reproductive abilities, their looks (“fairest ornaments”), or their supposed responsibility for the behavior of men (“Her love . . . softens his hardened heart, tames the beast in him . . . Woman possesses the divine talent of separating in a man good intentions from evil thoughts”). The only thing that “rings true” here is the patronizing view of women which was held in Notovitch's day.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    May 12, 2014 3:25 p.m.

    Jesus Christ is recorded to have said that His personal mission in mortality, only three years in duration, was exclusively to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. He healed a woman from outside of that group because of her exceptional faith, one who came to Him, but, unless there was an enclave of the Lost Tribes in India Jesus would have left teaching others to His apostles whom he commissioned to preach to ALL nations.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 12, 2014 11:27 a.m.

    The words of Jesus, as reported in ancient Christian texts, reflect the respective religious communities that produced those writings. What eventually became canonized doesn’t evidence who was right so much as it demonstrates which views had come to dominate understanding of who and what Jesus was.

    That was the foundation of Christian orthodoxy. The views that came in second in the debate were labeled heresies by the Church. But those who held those views obviously did not see themselves as heretics.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    May 12, 2014 10:28 a.m.

    I doubt these are authentic words of Jesus, however, I also doubt that what we now have as “canonized scripture” is the complete (and even accurate) catalogue of everything Jesus said during his ministry.

    There are many books written by Christians around the same time as the gospels that were left out of the Bible for various reasons – some legitimate and some questionable – which records things Jesus supposedly said, some of which show a Jesus that is remarkably similar to an eastern sage rather than a uniquely divine being from a celestial realm.

    But an enlightened Jesus trying to teach others how to achieve what he did doesn’t square with an orthodox church whose main concerns were conformity, obedience and power.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 12, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    Notovich’s claims to have seen such a manuscript have long been dismissed by scholars. There is value in studying comparative religions but Jesus’ thought wasn’t a hybrid of Buddhist and Hindu teachings. There is no reputable evidence that Jesus ever went to India. Jesus was a Jew and what he taught came from the Jewish tradition.