Tweet In scholarship, there are some things that are known to be true, some things that are known to be false, some things that are simply unknown whether gnistic or falseand some matters of opinion and speculation that are keenly debated. When Did This Legend Start? Who knows? The earliest instance of it in any form, which I personally can find, dates from 2001 and is found on Usenet, where it was immediately called into question by another poster, Roger Pearse. This is not even the same century as the one usually credited for the Nag Hammadi Library the fourth century dating of gnostic gospels, let alone accurate dating of gnostic gospels regarding the Carbon 14 dating of the Nag Hammadi codices.
Bumbulis describes the gnostic Gospel of Thomas and shows why it is. The 52 texts discoveredin Nag Hammadi, Egypt include 'secret' gospels poems and.. Diatessaron which dates from 175 A. The gnostic "gospels" are dated usually around 260 A.
Artz. Where Jesus was for the first 30 years of his life is an enduring mystery. Alexandria Egypt would be my guess. No proof of course.