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5.0 out of 5 stars An utterly compelling read - outstanding scholarly work
What if we find out that ... circumcision was an ancient Egyptian custom: Baptism was an ancient Egyptian rite, as well as the Unction of the King; the word "Messiah" is an original Egyptian word; 'Mary' means 'the beloved' in the ancient Egyptian language; the Ten Commandments were stated much earlier in the Egyptian Book of The Dead; or that the resurrection of Osiris...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Strange
Was very disappointed when I learned that this is the Autors book "Out of Egypt" issued in UK some years earlier.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An utterly compelling read - outstanding scholarly work,
This review is from: Christianity: An Ancient Egyptian Religion (Paperback)What if we find out that ... circumcision was an ancient Egyptian custom: Baptism was an ancient Egyptian rite, as well as the Unction of the King; the word "Messiah" is an original Egyptian word; 'Mary' means 'the beloved' in the ancient Egyptian language; the Ten Commandments were stated much earlier in the Egyptian Book of The Dead; or that the resurrection of Osiris took place three days after his death? An absolutely compelling read, and essential to anyone who wants to study the origins of Christianity without superfluous fairy-tale explanations and beyond pure speculation. The author unravels a biblical cover-up by the biblical editors in Babylon that has hindered our understanding of the biblical accounts for a long time. Osman also discusses the atmosphere in Alexandria in the third century BCE and shows that thence sprung the first 'Christian' movements, the Therapeutae and Gnostics. He also points out numerous contradictions in the Gospel accounts that, together with his analysis of Talmudic and Coranic sources, destroy the Church-advocated myth of Jesus completely. Paradoxically, the first Church fathers (and Bible translations up to the 16th century) identified Jesus with Joshua; Osman clarifies this connection superbly, based on the biblical evidence. His conclusions are not dissimilar to those of other scholars, but his systematic analysis of the history of Egypt from the centuries 15 to 14 BCE and biblical correspondences bring a new light to this field.
I have enjoyed this book greatly, and would recommend it to anyone who really wishes to understand the phenomenon of Christianity, its context and its true ancient roots.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review: Christianity: An Ancient Egyptian Religion by Ahmed Osman,
This review is from: Christianity: An Ancient Egyptian Religion (Kindle Edition)Christianity: An Ancient Egyptian Religion
The impression I get with the Old and New Testaments is that it is too cosmetic, too clinical, and too comprehensive and too immediate. That is not how other religions have evolved like Hinduism, or Taoism or Buddhism, the other great ancient religions. Hence, I have always believed that the Bible has been too "expertly edited" to satisfy the inquiring mind and to close any possible loop-holes as far as the early theologians were able to foresee. But there was much that they were not able to foresee because of the nature of the revelations - modern science. Theologians too were guilty of creating new doctrines or of suppressing ideas or historical events to suit their doctrinal proselytising such as creating myths, and suppressing any associations to multi-theist Egyptian religions. It is only through the inquiry of Sigmund Freud of the roots of Moses, that has prompted others like Ahmed Osman to continue their own studies into this connection with the Egyptian culture.
Christianity could not have emerged suddenly with the vision of Moses seeing the "Burning Bush" in 1314 BC but certainly must have evolved like all other religions from traditions, cultures, and the religious practices of primitive (theists) people of the region, the Egyptians. As Taoism evolved from shamanism and primitive spiritualisms, and as Hinduism also evolved from very ancient primitive traditions, so Christianity too must have evolved from the traditions and culture of the ancient cultures in Egypt and the surrounding areas.
Here, Ahmed Osman's hypothesis of pointing to the influences of the Egyptian religious customs, their Pharaohs, and the Egyptian culture has provided the bridge between Egyptian religions and culture with early Christianity. No doubt this will spur other researchers to find additional evidence to either reinforce this hypothesis or to discredit it. Most of the evidence so far provided has shown the strong resemblances or coincidences of the history of Egypt, and Roman history, with that of Biblical history. What justification will be made to bridge historical Christianity with the spiritual Christianity to the satisfaction of modern public will depend on the findings in modern archaeology.
(1) Egyptian Pharaohs were gods and kings but they were also considered reincarnations of god Horus., after death they reverted to true gods. This unique attribute was conferred to Jesus and is based of Egyptian cultural traditions. It was not a unique concept.
(2) Long before the existence of Torah or the Bible, the polytheist Egyptians already believed in the "Living Spirit and resurrection," and that "Osiris was resurrected 3 days after death," hence the mummification of the Pharaohs as the Egyptians believed that the Pharaohs will be resurrected when the spirit returned to the body. This resurrection as the preserve of the Pharaohs. The resurrection of Jesus fitted this concept.
(3) The Egyptians believed in Baptism with (pure, Holy) water.
(4) The 10 Commandments is almost identical to the Egyptian "Book of the Dead."
(5) The Egyptians accepted the Trinity i.e., Osiris, Isis, and Horus was the Egyptian Trinity.
(6) Pharoah Akhenatem was the first monotheist who built temples for god, Atem.
So many of the essential elements in Christianity come from the Egyptian religious culture that it is impossible to dismiss that the roots of Judiasm/Christianity/Islam did not originate from within the Egyptian religious culture. To dismiss Ahmed Osman's hypothesis as radical is as biased as to accept the Bible as the literal story of God. But Osman's hypothesis is certain to upset Christian and Jewish and Islamic Fundamentalists but leaves the door open to further researches into the authenticity of the myths in the Bible, the Torah and the Qur'an.
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener,
This review is from: Christianity: An Ancient Egyptian Religion (Kindle Edition)Finally some sense being made of it all. An enjoyable read hopefully will be investigated further.
A great peace of work by the author
1.0 out of 5 stars Strange,
This review is from: Christianity: An Ancient Egyptian Religion (Paperback)Was very disappointed when I learned that this is the Autors book "Out of Egypt" issued in UK some years earlier.
4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Rubbish,
This review is from: Christianity: An Ancient Egyptian Religion (Paperback)The author (who appears to have no qualifications and training in Biblical studies and is a lawyer by profession) argues that David was actually the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutmosis III (who ruled from 1490-1436 BC) who had married Abraham's wife (Sarah) for a brief period. Solomon (who really was Pharaoh Amenhotep III), on the other hand, was the father of Moses (who really was Pharaoh Akhenaten) - the husband of Mary (Jesus' mother, who actually was Queen Nefertiti). Jesus is said to be Pharaoh Tutankhamun, killed in 1352 BC. In other words, Moses, David, Solomon, Mary and Jesus were Egyptian royalty who reigned in Egyptian in the New Kingdom period.
Need I add any more?
Not only will Christians and Muslims find Osman Ahmed's writings ridiculous, but so would any serious historian and Biblical scholar - irrespective of their religion (or the lack thereof).
As a Muslim I feel ashamed and embarrassed that some Muslims would be producing such trash - that not only plays potty with the data in the Bible but also in the Quran and all available sources - instead of engaging with and conducting serious scholarship.
You should purchase this book only if you wish to entertain yourself by knowing about the latest output by wackos. But if you wish to learn seriously about the Bible and early Christianity, then please immediately toss this book in the bin if you have committed the outrageous acting of purchasing it, and read what qualified scholars have to say - such as Bart Ehrman, James Dunn, John Meier, Helmut Koester, E. P Sanders etc.
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Christianity: An Ancient Egyptian Religion by Ahmed Osman (Paperback - 20 May 2005)