Happy Horus Day! – The REAL Reason for the Season – Part II


Horus? Who’s Horus?

Horus was one of the most important of ancient Egypt’s panoply of gods and goddesses.

So, what does Christmas day have to do with him?

The answer is this: The story of Christmas (and the rest of the story of Jesus) as presented in the gospels has tremendous parallels with the myths of Horus (who predated Jesus by centuries).

B. A. Robinson has written a helpful article available at http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_jcpa5.htm which documents many of these parallels. Here’s a useful summary chart from his article:

Event Horus Yeshua of Nazareth, a.k.a. Jesus
Conception: By a virgin. There is some doubt about this matter By a virgin. 8
Father: Only begotten son of the God Osiris. Only begotten son of Yehovah (in the form of the Holy Spirit).
Mother: Meri. 9 Miriam (a.k.a. Mary).
Foster father: Seb, (Jo-Seph). 9 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 Isis, his mother. By an angel to Miriam, his mother. 8
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 (typically DEC-21). 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.
Birth announcement: By angels. By angels. 8
Birth witnesses: Shepherds. Shepherds. 8
Later witnesses to birth: Three solar deities. Three wise men. 8
Death threat during infancy: Herut tried to have Horus murdered. Herod tried to have Jesus murdered.
Handling the threat: The God That tells Horus’ mother “Come, thou goddess Isis, hide thyself with thy child. 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.
Subsequent fate of the baptiser: Beheaded. Beheaded.
Temptation: Taken from the desert of Amenta up a high mountain by his arch-rival Sut. Sut (a.k.a. Set) was a precursor for the Hebrew Satan. Taken from the desert in Palestine up a high mountain by his arch-rival Satan.
Result of temptation: Horus resists temptation. Jesus resists temptation.
Close followers: Twelve disciples. There is some doubt about this matter as well. Twelve disciples.
Activities: Walked on water, cast out demons, healed the sick, restored sight to the blind. He “stilled the sea by his power.” Walked on water, cast out demons, healed the sick, restored sight to the blind. He ordered the sea with a “Peace, be still” command.
Raising of the dead: Horus raised Osirus, his dead father,  from the grave. 10 Jesus raised Lazarus from the grave.
Location where the resurrection miracle occurred: Anu, an Egyptian city where the rites of the death, burial and resurrection of Horus were enacted annually. 10 Hebrews added their prefix for house (‘beth“) to “Anu” to produce “Beth-Anu” or the “House of Anu.” Since “u” and “y” were interchangeable in antiquity, “Bethanu” became “Bethany,” the location mentioned in John 11.
Origin of Lazarus’ name in the Gospel of John: Asar was an alternative name for Osirus, Horus’ father, who Horus raised from the dead. He was referred to as “the Asar,” as a sign of respect. Translated into Hebrew, this is “El-Asar.” The Romans added the prefix “us” to indicate a male name, producing “Elasarus.” Over time, the “E” was dropped and “s” became “z,” producing “Lazarus.10
Transfigured: On a mountain. On a high mountain.
Key address(es): Sermon on the Mount. Sermon on the Mount; Sermon on the Plain.
Method of death By crucifixion. By crucifixion.
Accompanied by: Two thieves. Two thieves.
Burial In a tomb. In a tomb.
Fate after death: Descended into Hell; resurrected after three days. Descended into Hell; resurrected after about 30 to 38 hours (Friday PM to presumably some time in Sunday AM) covering parts of three days.
Resurrection announced by: Women. Women.
Future: Reign for 1,000 years in the Millennium. Reign for 1,000 years in the

Isis and Horus / Mary and Jesus

Isis and Horus Mary and Jesus

What are we to make of these parallels between the story of Jesus and the story of Horus (and that of other ancient gods — such as the Persian god, Mithras)?

Well, if I were a professor and one of my student’s submitted a paper that contained numerous exact copies of ideas, terms and statements, I would conclude it was a case of plagiarism.

So, what does that tell us of the source of the Jesus myth?

And what does it tell us of the REAL reason for the season?



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5 responses to “Happy Horus Day! – The REAL Reason for the Season – Part II

  1. Jim

    ^5 … I love it. 🙂

  2. deb

    amazing. just amazing.

    and how many lives have been lost, in the name of jesus (horus?) again? how much division in the world?

    also, how many lives somehow changed in the name of this same jesus…??? how many people feel/claim a relationship with him?

    what is that, that is happening, there?

    but just amazing. 🙂

    thank you…!!! 🙂

  3. sceptic

    very interesting post. since i’d never heard this comparison — which seemed strange to me, i did a quick search and came up with the following site: http://www.kingdavid8.com/Copycat/JesusHorus.html

    it claims that your analysis of the horus story is horse sh…. i’m not an egyptology scholar, but your claims do seem like they may be just a tad far-fetched….

  4. Jim

    This looks great in explaining the Gospel of Matthew, and a couple of these parallels are in Luke (which can be explained through use of a shared source). However, few of these parallels are in Mark or John, not to mention apocryphal works. Many of the similarities also are of little interest to Paul or other early Christian sources. How to explain this? Early Christianity probably was generally competing with Mithraism, Middle Platonic ideas, and more directly Judaism.

    If one of my students turned this in, I’d laugh and warn them not to plagiarize the farrago of tertiary sources on the Web. They wouldn’t receive much of a grade for historical research. In fact, comparing a late Byzantine icon with an Egyptian statue says it all, seeing as how their resemblance is only schematic. Photographs of Charles Darwin look like icons of Jesus too, if you disregard the different clothing, different gestures, different medium, etc. Wow, two standing men with beards, it’s amazing!

  5. Ron Sanders

    Religion has been used to enslave and control millions of people. i believe there was a christ. and tht he died to save the world, but these traditions are what is making me sick. in every counrty the people want the savior to look like them, so when the europeans got ahold of the story, naturally they would have to change things if they wanted other whites to convert to Christianity., and instead of getting souls saved, they’re using it as a way to make money , control people and not have to pay taxes.

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