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Parallels suggested between Jesus & Horus

A point-by-point comparaison of
similar events in Jesus' and Horus' life

Horus statue

Horus statue

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Comparison of some life events experienced by both Horus and Jesus, as asserted by believers in a "Jesus Myth" that Jesus' life events were copied from Horus' life:

Event Horus Yeshua of Nazareth, a.k.a. Jesus
Conception: By Isis, a virgin goddess of ancient Egypt. By Mary, a virgin human woman. Various denominations have accepted or rejected her virginity.
Father: Horus is the only begotten son of the God Osiris. Yeshua is the only begotten son of Yehovah (in the form of the Holy Spirit).
Mother: Isis-Meri. Miriam (now often referred to as Mary).
Foster father: Seb, (a.k.a. Jo-Seph). Joseph.
Foster father's ancestry: Of royal descent. Of royal descent.
Birth location: In a cave. In a cave or stable.
Annunciation: By an angel to his mother. By an angel to his mother.
Birth heralded by: The star Sirius, the morning star. An unidentified "star in the East."
Birth date: Ancient Egyptians paraded a manger and child representing Horus through the streets at the time of the winter solstice (about DEC-21). In reality, he had no birth date, since he was a god, not a human. Born during the fall, according to evidence in the Bible. However, his birth date is now celebrated on DEC-25. The date was chosen to occur on the same date as the birth of Mithra, Dionysus and the Sol Invictus (unconquerable Sun), etc. The latter formed major parts of Pagan religions throughout the Roman Empire.
Birth announcement: By angels. By angels.
Birth witnesses: Shepherds. Shepherds.
Later witnesses to birth: Three solar deities. An unknown number of wise men. 3 They are said to have brought three gifts; thus the legend grew that there were three men.
Death threat during infancy: Herut unsuccessfully tried to have Horus murdered. Herod unsuccessfully tried to have Jesus murdered.
Handling the threat: The God That tells Horus' mother "Come, thou goddess Isis, hide thyself with thy child." They would hide elsewhere in Egypt. An angel tells Jesus' father to: "Arise and take the young child and his mother and flee into Egypt."
Rite of passage ritual: Horus came of age with a special ritual, when his eye was restored. Taken by parents to the temple for what is today called a bar mitzvah ritual.
Age at the ritual: 12 12
Break in life history: No data between ages of 12 & 30. No data between ages of 12 & 30.
Baptism location: In the river Eridanus. In the river Jordan.
Age at baptism: 30. 30.
Baptized by: Anup the Baptiser. John the Baptist, a.k.a. John the Baptizer.
Subsequent fate of the baptiser: Beheaded. Beheaded.

This list is continued in another essay

References used:

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

  1. Tom Harpur, "The Pagan Christ; Recovering the Lost Light," Thomas Allen, (2004), Page 5. Read reviews or order this book. A Canadian Broadcasting Corp. documentary based on this book won the Platinium Award at the WorldFest Remi Awards in 2008.

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Copyright © 2004 to 2017 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
Originally written: 2004-APR-25
Latest update: 2017-FEB-28
Author: B.A. Robinson

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