ATTENTION SHOPPERS: ONLY THREE MORE DAYS ‘TILL HORUS DAY.
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|
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?