Parallels between the stories of
Jesus and Osiris-Dionysus
Dionysus, a Greek God, and Osiris, an Egyptian God were viewed as
mythical characters. Osiris may have been the first god-man. His story
has been found recorded in pyramid texts which were written prior to
2,500 BCE. These and other saviors were truly
interchangeable. Coins have been found with Dionysus on one side and
Mithras on the other. A person who was initiated into one of the
mysteries had no difficulty switching to another Pagan mystery religion.
In the 3rd century CE, these god-men were referred to by
the composite name "Osiris-Dionysus." Authors Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy have
used this term in their book "The Jesus Mysteries." 1
The following stories appear both in the Gospels and in the myths of many
of the god-men:
God was his father. This was believed to be literally true in
the case of Osiris-Dionysus; their God came to earth and engaged in
sexual intercourse with a human. The father of Jesus is God in the
form of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18).
A human woman, a virgin, was his mother.
He was born in a cave or cowshed. Luke 2:7 mentions that Jesus
was placed in a manger - an eating trough for animals. One early
Christian tradition said that the manger was in a cave.
His birth was prophesized by a star in the heavens.
At a marriage ceremony, he performed the miracle of converting
water into wine.
He was powerless to perform miracles in his home town.
His followers were born-again through baptism in water.
He rode triumphantly into a city on a donkey. Tradition records
that the inhabitants waved palm leaves.
He had 12 disciples.
He was accused of licentious behavior.
Execution, resurrection, etc:
He was killed near the time of the Vernal Equinox, about MAR-21.
He died "as a sacrifice for the sins of the world."1
He was hung on a tree, stake, or cross.
After death, he descended into hell.
On the third day after his death, he returned to life.
The cave where he was laid was visited by three of his female
He later ascended to heaven.
God made flesh.
Savior of the world.
Son of God.
Beliefs about the God-man:
He is "God made man," and equal to the Father.
He will return in the last days.
He will judge the human race at that time.
Humans are separated from God by original sin. The god-man's
sacrificial death reunites the believer with God and atones for the
All of the Pagan myths had been circulating for centuries before Jesus birth
(circa 4 to 7 BCE). It is obvious that if any copying occurred, it was the
followers of Jesus incorporating into his biography the myths and legends of
Osiris-Dionysus, not vice-versa.