Jesus as the Sun throughout History: Jesus Christ, Osiris & Horus

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In her book Jesus as the Sun throughout History, D.M. Murdock / Acharya S presents evidence that many aspects of Jesus Christ, and of Christian tradition in general, represent motifs from solar mythology. In part 4 of this ebook excerpt, the connection between Jesus Christ and the Egyptian sun gods Osiris and Horus is examined.

Jesus as the Sun throughout History

by D.M. Murdock/Acharya S

Excerpted from the ebook

Egyptian Christians/Copts

From its inception, Egyptian Christianity was represented by those who readily equated Jesus with both Osiris and Horus, the latter two symbolizing sun gods or aspects of the sun. Indeed, the Egyptian Christians or Copts repeatedly identified Osiris and Horus with Jesus in both myth and ritual, as the mythical lives of all three characters coalesced in numerous respects. As related by Egyptologist Sir Dr. E.A. Wallis Budge:

“In Osiris the Christian Egyptians found the prototype of Christ, and in the pictures and statues of Isis suckling her son Horus, they perceived the prototype of the Virgin Mary and her Child.” (Budge, 48.)

This fact of identifying both Osiris and Horus – again, essentially sun gods – with Jesus is demonstrated thoroughly in my book Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection. For instance, as stated in Christ in Egypt:

Regarding the connection between the Egyptian religion, Gnosticism and Christianity, Dr. Wilson B. Bishai states:

“…the Copts of Egypt during the early Christian centuries were known for their massive production of Apocrypha and pseudepigrapha. This characteristic of the early Copts should not be surprising to us in light of the evidence of gnostic influence on the early Coptic Christian thought. The gnostics were literate people and well acquainted with ancient religions and mythology. As Christianity was spreading in Egypt, a group of these gnostic Christians apparently made an effort to tie old Egyptian myths to Christian beliefs.”

…In this same regard, Dr. Reginald E. Witt provides further, archaeological evidence:

“The fusion of Horus with Judaeo-Christian features can be exemplified in Gnostic gems from Egypt….

“In the theology and art of Gnosticism Horus and Christ could easily be blended…. Aeon/Horus was born of the Virgin Isis…. Clearly in the Gnosticism which fringed Christian orthodoxy Horus and Christ could merge.” (Murdock, CIE, 229.)

Demonstrating the remarkable ancient Horus-Jesus connection, one of the old Coptic spells to remove pains of childbirth and the stomach was “Jesus! Horus!” or just simply “Jesus Horus!” (Murdock, CIE, 297.)

Egyptian influence on Christianity is likewise discussed in The Secret Lore of Egypt: Its Impact on the West by Dr. Erik Hornung, a professor emeritus of Egyptology at the University of Basel, who remarks:

“Notwithstanding its superficial rejection of everything pagan, early Christianity was deeply indebted to ancient Egypt. In particular, the lively picture of the ancient Egyptian afterlife left traces in Christian texts; thus, among the Copts, and later in Islam, we encounter a fiery hell quite like that of the Egyptians… The descensus [descent] of Jesus, which played no role in the early church, was adopted into the official Credo after 359, thanks to apocryphal legends that again involved Egypt. Christ became the sun in the realm of the dead, for his descent into the netherworld had its ultimate precursor in the nightly journey of the ancient Egyptian sun god Re…” (Hornung, 73.)

This last part bears repeating: According to a respected modern Egyptologist, in ancient times, because of Egyptian religion –

“Christ became the sun in the realm of the dead.”

And so on, through well over 500 pages of evidence in Christ in Egypt of the Horus-Jesus connection, wherein Christ is identified and essentially equated with Egyptian sun gods. Therefore, denials of the influence of Egyptian religion upon Christianity and the very early identification of Christ as the sun – a thousand and a half years before it supposedly surfaced in the world, as is erroneously claimed – have no foundation in truth.

Continue to Part 5



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