Yeshua of Nazareth (a.k.a. Jesus Christ)
Books linking Jesus with Horus,
Mithra, & other Pagan God-Men
About these books:
As noted in this section's menu, there are not many religious topics that are more controversial than that
covered in this section.
Also, there are few more frustrating areas of religion to study. Many books
have been written that attempt to link life events in Yeshua of Nazareth (a.k.a.
Jesus Christ) to Pagan God-men like the Egyptian Horus, the Greek Osiris &
Dionysus, the Persian Mithra, and the Indian Krishna. Unfortunately, some of
these books fall into two groups:
||Those written by conservative Christians who feel profoundly threatened
that such links might exist. Many of these authors simply deny that any links
||Those written by skeptics who are motivated by a desire to ridicule or
attack Christianity, and are driven to wild claims.
One result is that customers of Amazon who submit reviews sometimes rate these
books as either 1 (garbage; the minimum rating) or 5 (superb; the maximum
rating), with few intermediate ratings.
What is badly needed is an academic, study of the Yeshua-Pagan links by a
religious historians with no axe to grind. These are rare and not necessarily easily
The results of an Amazon.com data base search for books dealing with "Pagan Christ:"
Amazon also lists these five additional books on the topic:
D.M. Murdock, "Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection." Read
reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store
"Destined to be a classic enjoyed by both the professional scholar and the lay
person, this comparative religion book contains a startling perspective of the
extraordinary history of the Egyptian religion and its profound influence upon
the later Christian faith. "Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection" uses a
massive amount of primary sources and the works of highly credentialed
authorities in relevant fields to demonstrate that the popular gods Horus and
Jesus possessed many characteristics and attributes in common. Drawing from
thousands of ancient Egyptian texts in an assortment of translations along with
the original language, as well as modern research in a number of other
languages, controversial independent scholar of comparative religion and
mythology D.M. Murdock puts together an astonishing amount of fascinating
information that shows many of our most cherished religious beliefs and concepts
did not appear suddenly out of the blue but have long histories in numerous
cultures found around the globe, including and especially in the glorious Land
of the Pharaohs. D.M. Murdock, also known as "Acharya S," is the author of the
bestselling books "The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold"; "Suns
of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled"; and "Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints
of The Christ." Ms Murdock's books focus largely on the history and origins of
religion, dating back thousands of years and encompassing religious ideologies
and beliefs of a wide variety that nevertheless reveal common cultural heritage
and a keen interest in and reverence for the natural world."
Jackson, "Christianity before Christ." Review/order
"Nothing is new or original in Christianity. That is the important thesis
demonstrated in Christianity Before Christ. The least important features, as
well as the most important components, were all well developed in cultures
that flourished before the time that Christ is alleged to have walked the
parched paths of Roman Palestine."
"With a Foreword by Frank R. Zindler, the editor of American Atheist press,
the book has 12 major chapters, plus Bibliography, Subject Index, and numerous
Massey, "The Historical Jesus and the Mythical Christ: Separating Fact from
"Massey was an Egyptologist who wrote a tremendous body of scholarly work. He
concluded that much of Christianity and its belief structure was rooted in
ancient Egyptian mythology. At first this sounds strange, but a large number
of people have agreed, including some of the most respected scholars and
researchers in the field of religious studies. If you want a different and
compelling view of Christianity and its roots, this is the book to read."
"The Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost Light"
Review/order this book
"In this passionate hymn to Christ universal, rather than demythologizing
Jesus as so many scholars do, Tom Harpur remythologizes Christ. He identifies
the Christian mythos with universal themes drawn, in particular, from Egyptian
wisdom, not to debunk Christian truth but to rekindle it with ancient fire."--
Forrest Church, author of Bringing God Home: A Spiritual Guidebook for the
Journey of Your Life
"A thoroughly captivating book .... Harpur describes and shares his
intellectual journey extremely powerfully."-- Globe and Mail
"A truly revolutionary work, devout but subversive in the best sense, with a
carefully constructed narrative that challenges believers and non-believers to
fundamentally re-examine 'the Greatest Story Ever Told.' ... Harpur has
arrived at a dramatic conclusion, firmly held and well detailed."--
Freke & Peter Gandy, "The Jesus Mysteries: Was the 'Original Jesus' a Pagan
From the Inside Flap
This astonishing book completely undermines the traditional history of
Christianity that has been perpetuated for centuries by the Church. Drawing on
the cutting edge of modern scholarship, authors Tim Freke and Peter Gandy
present overwhelming evidence that the Jesus of the New Testament is a
Far from being eyewitness accounts, as is traditionally held, the Gospels are
actually Jewish adaptations of ancient Pagan myths of the dying and
resurrecting godman Osiris-Dionysus. The supernatural story of Jesus is not
the history of a miraculous Messiah, but a carefully crafted spiritual
allegory designed to guide initiates on a journey of mystical discovery.
A little more than a century ago most people believed that the strange story
of Adam and Eve was history; today it is understood to be a myth. Within a few
decades, Freke and Gandy argue, we will likewise be amazed that the fabulous
story of God incarnate -- who was born of a virgin, who turned water into
wine, and who rose from the dead -- could have been interpreted as anything
but a profound parable.