There are common features which are often cited as having been shared between the lives of Horus and Jesus. Since Horus predated Jesus by tens of centuries, the belief has grown that many of the stories in the Gospels about Jesus' life were actually copied from the life of Horus. Some of the more remarkable that are often cited are that both:
However, almsost all of these correspondences are denied by modern researchers having been derived mainly from the writing of Gerald Massey (1828-1907) and as being without merit.
There is allegedly also a similarity between Jesus and Osirus, the Egyptian god of the afterlife, the underworld, and the dead. Both died, their deaths were mourned on the first day, and their resurrections were celebarated by their followers on the third day.
Yeshua is said to have been born -- circa 4 to 7 BCE perhaps in Nazereth in Gallilee or in Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem in Judea. Bethlehem is cited in the Bible, but archeological evidence shows that the town was abandoned during the 1st Centuries BCE and CE. Two of the Gospels say that Yeshua was born of a virgin; John seems to deny the possibility, and Mark is silent on the virgin birth.
Yeshua's ministry lasted for one year and was largely spent in the Gallilee (according to the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke). However, it was described as a three year ministry spent largely in Judea (according to the Gospel of John). He started his ministry when he was about 30 years old.
Most Christians believe that he was executed by the Roman occupying army, briefly visited the underworld, was resurrected, spent either one or 40 days with his disciples (Gospel sources differ), and then ascended to Heaven.
Most Christian denominations view Jesus as the Son of God, the second person in the Trinity.
Muslims view him as a great prophet, second only
to Muhammad. They believe that God -- called Allah in Arabic -- is unique, indivisible, and without a son. Many regard the Christian belief that God had a son to be the greatest possible blasphemy against God.
Background material about Horus:
Various ancient Egyptian statues and writings tell of Horus, (pronounced "hohr'-uhs;)" a.k.a. Harseisis, Heru-sa-Aset (Horus, son of Isis), Heru-ur (Horus the elder), Hr, and Hrw), a creator sky God.
He was first worshipped starting during the Egyptian Predynastic period, prior to 3100 BCE. This is , over three millenia before the first century CE, when Jesus was ministering in the Galilee and/or Judea. It is more than five thousand years BP (Before the Present). 2
Horus was often represented as a stylized eye symbol, symbolizing the eye of a falcon. He was also presented "in the shape of a sparrow hawk or as a man [or lion] with a hawk's head." 3 He is often shown as an infant cradled by his virgin mother Isis.
He was considered to be the son of two major Egyptian deities: the God Osirus and and the Goddess Isis. In adulthood, he avenged his father's murder, and became recognized as the God of civil order and justice. Ancient Egyptians regarded each of the Egyptian pharaohs as the living embodiment -- or incarnation -- of Horus. 4 The pharaohs derived a great deal of authority from this link.
Isis with Horus 5 Horus 5
Tom Harpur, author of "The Pagan Christ; Recovering the Lost Light," 2 suggests that ancient Egyptian religion was henotheistic. That is, they recognize a single deity, Ra. They also view other Gods and Goddesses as manifestations or aspects of that supreme God. [We use the present tense in these sentences because the ancient Egyptian religion is still in existence in the form of a Neo-Pagan reconstruction.]
Tom Harpur writes:
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