Moses and Jesus Are Buried in India

Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor
of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

A team of German researchers, including two archaeologists, believe that Moses and Jesus Christ are buried in central Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir.

Suzanna Olsson, who wrote a book on the life of Jesus in India, Jesus, Last King of Kashmir: Life after the Crucifixion (Charleston, SC: BookSurge Publishing, 2006), also believes that Jesus visited India and went as far as Afghanistan. In her book, she says that there is evidence that the tombs of Jesus and his mother Mary are located within India. The reason Jesus came to India is because, according to local tradition, many people in Kashmir are descendants of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.

Those who advocate their relationship with the Lost Tribes say that many places in the region have biblical names, such as Har Nevo, Beit Peor, Pisga, and Heshubon. These names are identical with the names of places in ancient Israel. In addition, one of the tribal groups of people who live in Kashmir is called Asheriya, which is Asher. Another group is called Dand, similar to the tribe of Dan. The tribe Gadha is the tribe of Gad and the tribe of Lavi is the tribe of Levi.

Personally, I do not, for one moment, believe in this theory. There is not one shred of evidence in historical documents that proves such a theory. Only people who do not take the biblical narratives seriously can come up with a farfetched theory such as this one. No one who takes the biblical narratives seriously should believe these people, even if these people are German archaeologists.

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Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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6 Responses to Moses and Jesus Are Buried in India

  1. Neel says:

    Only fools would think the bible narratives is factual….Most serious scholar going out to find the truth will find it. Only lazy people who take everything for granted never ever finds the truth. There are many evidences to show that Jesus went to India and even died there…all people who go out to find these evidences eventually become convinced of it. Only people who stay home and are too lazy to study anything themselves will never ever find the truth…The truth is out there for all to grab….If only you people knew what scholars are discovering about the historical Jesus, you would realise to what extent we can have false impressions by seeing what Christianity has become today…Visit my blog to find my own research:


  2. Thank you for your comment and for the link to your blog. What you wrote in your comment has deep implications for the life of faith. If Jesus died in India, then the New Testament presents a false message and Jesus was only a good man. If Jesus died in India then there is no resurrection and faith in Jesus as the promised Messiah is a hoax.If I had to make a choice between believing the Christ of Scripture and the Christ of scholarship, I would still choose the truth of Scripture.

    Claude Mariottini


  3. BobGriffin says:

    Quick overview of the evidence of Jesus in India:1) Jewish fascination and connection with IndiaResponse: Check your Jewish Encyclopedia or Encyclopedia Judaica–little interest in India. Only 2 ancient communities, Mumbai and Kerala.2) Essene=Therapeutai (Philo of Alexandria) = TheravadinResponse: Essene = Assaya (Healer) = Therepeutai, does not equal Theravadin (which might be 'Presbyterian' ;)3) Said to have studied in PuriResponse: 1st Jaganath Temple in Puri was built centuries later. The school founded by AdiShankara was founded over 800 years later4) Nicholai Notovich and documents from Hemis in Ladakh prove Jesus studied in India (or Tibet)Response: Hemis was founded in the 17th century. Tibet became Buddhist in the 7th century. Buddhist scholars haven't found copies of the documents, and there was no such claim during the interactions between Buddhists and Nestorian Christians in T'ang Dynasty China.5) The Ikmal ad Din of Ibn Babuya refers to Yuz Asaf in KashmirResponse: Yuz Asaf is Budhasf in the original, and is the son of Janaysar, a Buddhist king in India.6) "The Grub-Tha-Thamas-Chad" is a Tibetan translation of a Chinese document which gives a capsulized summary of Christian doctrine.Response: Compare T'ang Chinese Christian documents with the statements in The Glass Mirror (Grub Tha), and the evidence is clear that the Grub Tha derives its information from Nestorian Christianity in T'ang China.Be Well,Bob Griffin


  4. Bob,Thank you for this information. Almost no one today believe that Moses and Jesus are buried in India.

    Claude Mariottini


  5. Osman Saffah says:

    Actually there is indeed some substance to this theory. However at the current moment in time, it remains, still, a theory…


    • Osman,

      Thank you for your comment. As you said, this is only a theory. However, I believe this theory finds no support in history nor in the biblical tradition.

      Thank you for visiting my blog.

      Claude Mariottini


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