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Parallels suggested between the lives
of Jesus: the second person in the Christian
Trinity, and Horus: an Egyptian God


bullet "The Christian myths were first related of Horus or Osiris, who was the embodiment of divine goodness, wisdom, truth and purity...This was the greatest hero that ever lived in the mind of man -- not in the flesh -- the only hero to whom the miracles were natural because he was not human." Gerald Massey, author of "The Natural Genesis," 1

bullet "None of the attempts made by sceptics [sic] to demonstrate that Christianity is false because it contains alleged pagan elements is credible or convincing." Unidentified historian. 2
bullet A biblical qotation: Hosea 13:4:
bullet King James Version. "...I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me."
bullet Young's Literal Translation: "And I [am] Jehovah thy God from the land of Egypt, And a God besides Me thou dost not know, And a Saviour -- there is none save Me."

This passage may have an additional and completely different interpretation from the usual one.

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Some skeptics have suggested that there was, in ancient times, a shared supply of religious myths spread throughout much of the Mediterranean area, the Middle East and beyond. They suggest that ancient and modern religions have adopted material from this common source of stories about heroes, saviors, and god-men.

One of the more controversial theories -- sometimes called the "copycat thesis" -- suggests  that many of the miracles, other life events, and beliefs about Horus, an ancient Egyptian God, were incorporated into stories about Jesus as recorded in Gospels and other books in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).

The copycat thesis is strongly rejected by the vast majority of Christians and is accepted by many skeptics.

bullet Most conservative Christians look upon the Bible as a "top-down" document: one revealed by God to humans. Since fraud, deceit, and lying are not attributes normally associated with God, they believe that the Bible -- as God's Word -- is truthful and accurate.
bullet Many skeptics, secularists, religious liberals, etc. view the Bible as a "bottom-up" document: one written by human authors to promote their religious and spiritual beliefs. Such authors frequently adopted religious concepts of other cultures and incorporating them into their literary works.

A stalemate exists. Skeptical commentators claim that there are many parallels between the lives of Horus and Jesus; Christian commentators tend to deny the existence of most or all of them.

Some skeptics may lose objectivity because they are motivated by a desire to weaken the claims of Christianity; Christians may lose objectivity because they don't want to admit that there such parallels could exist and throw doubt on the accuracy of the Bible and the uniqueness of Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ) as God.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Background material about Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ), a deity within the Christian Trinity and Horus, an Egyptian god
bullet Alleged comparisons between their two lives
bullet A point-by-point list of similar life events
bullet More life events, characteristics and teachings
bullet Debates about the validity of the "copycat thesis"

References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Gerald Massey, "The Natural Genesis," Black Classic Press, (Reissued 1998). Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store.
  2. Anon, "Some notes on alleged parallels between Christianity and pagan religions, and, a proof that Winstin [sic] Churchill did not exist!," Tektonics Apologetics Ministries, at:

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Copyright © 2004 to 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
Originally written: 2004-APR-25
Latest update: 2015-NOV-13
Author: B.A. Robinson

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