"Life of St Issa" Scroll

The Life of Saint Issa, the Best of the Sons of Men

This document is the most talked about document concerning the idea of Jesus traveling to India during his 'missing years'. The document was brought to light in 1887 when Nicholas Notovitch came across it during a visit to the Hemis Monastery. He spent much time in Hemis, recovering from a broken leg, and had the whole St Issa document read to him and translated. Upon his return to Europe Notovitch went about publishing this information (read more here).


Witnesses to the Document

Since Notovitch saw the scrolls many others have seen the same document:


Name of Visitor



Nicholas Notovitch


Saw document

Henrietta Merrick 1921 Visited and later wrote in her book, In the World's Attic "In Leh is the legend of Jesus who is called Issa, and the Monastery at Himis holds precious documents fifteen hundred years old which tell of the days that he passed in Leh where he was joyously received and where he preached."
Swami Trigunatitananda 1895 Visited and confirmed Notovitch had spent time there - this is cited in 'Swami Trigunatita: His Life and Works" by Marie L Burke

Swami Abhedenanda


Saw document

Nicholas Roerich & son


Saw document

Mrs. Gasque


Saw document: Shown by Lama Nawong Zangpo

E. Caspari


Saw document by Lama Nawong Zangpo

Edward Noack & Wife 1970s A monk there told him: "There are manuscripts in our library that describe the journey of Jesus to the East."

Dr. R. Ravicz


Oral reference: informed by Tibetan friend

U. Eichstadt


Saw document


Where is the St Issa Scroll Now?

There have been recent attempts to track down this scroll. In both Jesus in the Himalayas (discovery channel) and Jesus in India (Universal) there have been journies to Hemis to try and track down these scrolls.

In Jesus in India we are told that many documents are locked up and awaiting the return of the head lama to continue the translation work.


Have you seen the St Issa Scroll?

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Full Text of The St Issa Scroll

The full text has been uploaded to the following blog: http://lifeofsaintissa.blogspot.com/