“If the explanation of the kabalists is rejected, then the whole subject falls into confusion; worse still – for it becomes a direct plagiarism from the Hindu legend. All the commentators have agreed that a literal massacre of young children is nowhere mentioned in history; and that, moreover, an occurrence like that would have made such a bloody page in Roman annals that the record of it would have been preserved for us by every author of the day. Herod himself was a subject to the Roman law; and undoubtedly, he would have paid the penalty of such a monstrous crime, with his own life. But if on the one hand, we have not the slightest trace of this fable in history, on the other, we find in the official complaints of the Synagogue abundant evidence of the persecution of the initiates. The Talmud also corroborates it.
The Jewish version of the birth of Jesus is recorded in the Sepher-Toldos Jeshu in the following words: “Mary having become the mother of a Son, named Jehosuah, and the boy growing up, she entrusted him to the care of the Rabbi Elhanan, and the child progressed in knowledge, for he was well gifted with spirit and understanding. Rabbi Jehosuah, son of Perachiah, continued the education of Jehosuah, (Jesus), after Elhanan, and initiated him in the secret knowledge”; but the King, Janneus, having given orders to slay all the initiates, Jehosuah Ben Perachiah, fled to Alexandria, in Egypt, taking the boy with him.
While in Alexandria, continues the story, they were received in the house of a rich and learned lady, (personified Egypt). Young Jesus found her beautiful, notwithstanding “a defect in her eyes”, and declared so to his master. Upon his hearing this, the latter became so angry that his pupil should find in the land of bondage anything good, that “he cursed him and drove the young man from his presence.” Then follows a series of adventures told in allegorical language, which show that Jesus supplemented his initiation in the Jewish Kabala with an additional acquisition of the secret wisdom of Egypt. When the persecution ceased, they both returned to Judea.”
H. P. Blavatsky