Who's Behind Listverse?
Jamie founded Listverse due to an insatiable desire to share fascinating, obscure, and bizarre facts. He has been a guest speaker on numerous national radio and television stations and is a five time published author.More About Us
10 Connections Between Jesus, Christianity, and Ancient Egypt
There are many claims and conspiracies surrounding the apparent life of the real Jesus. Some of the most interesting are those that revolve around connections to ancient Egypt and even the probability the real-life Jesus was of pharaonic descent and the rightful Pharoah in hiding in Jerusalem.
How valid these claims might be is clearly open to debate, but they are indeed intriguing and not as outrageous as we might first suspect. Indeed, if such notions prove to be accurate, they will force us to rethink both religious and world history.
10 The Alpha Omega in the King’s Chamber
Without a doubt, one of the most intriguing points on our list is the discovery of the Alpha Omega symbols on the sarcophagus in the King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid. They were found by the researcher Robert E. Grant in 2018. This discovery was strange as there has been no mention of these markings in any previous literature on ancient Egypt.
In a bizarre twist, Grant explained how it was easy to see how it had been missed. This was, he claimed, because of their positioning and the lack of light in the chamber itself. He had only noticed them, he said, due to a bizarre flash in his mind in the seconds before he made the discovery. It was, he later stated, as if something from the other side had drawn his attention to them.
The Alpha and Omega symbols are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. They also have a significant meaning in Christianity, often symbolizing Jesus or God. Grant believes that the discovery of these symbols in the King’s Chamber connects Jesus to the ancient Egyptian culture. He further asserts that it suggests the Greek alphabet was likely a carry-over from the writings of a lost, unknown civilization—one that also influenced such civilizations as the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamia.
9 Jesus Learned in the Egyptian Mystery Schools
It is widely accepted that Jesus spent two years of his life learning the ancient teachings and wisdom of the Egyptian priests. And he did this in the mystery schools of Heliopolis. Just what Jesus might have learned here is largely unknown. It is likely, though, that he would have been made familiar with such things as the movement of the stars and planets. It is also likely he learned various initiation rituals, perhaps very similar to those of modern Freemasonry.
Many suggest that after learning in Heliopolis, Jesus would employ and teach such wisdom. And he would do this discreetly and only to those who were aware of their importance. Indeed, many look at the raising of Lazarus being just such a masonic-type ritual. One that Jesus would have learned in these Egyptian mystery schools.
It is also interesting that Heliopolis was a center for worshipping the sun god, Ra. And as we shall see later in our list, sun worship is something else that connects Christianity and ancient Egypt. For now, though, we might ask why Jesus attended the mystery schools in the first place? The potential answer to that is the next point on our list.
8 He Was an Egyptian Prince (by Descent)
According to several researchers, part of the reason Jesus was taught in the mystery schools of Heliopolis is because of his Egyptian heritage. Indeed, some suggest that Jesus was very likely a prince or a Pharoah in waiting. Ultimately, he was the descendent of a wealthy Egyptian family with a claim to kingship.
There are plenty of discreet clues in Biblical writings about the apparent high, wealthy status of the real-life Jesus. Perhaps the best example would have been the wedding at Cana. It has been put forward by some researchers that Jesus was not merely attending the event but that it was his. One of the main reasons for this is when Jesus is asked by his mother to get more wine. It was the tradition at the time for the person whose wedding it was should also provide the food and drink.
We might also look to Joseph of Arimathea, who also enjoyed high status with both the Jewish priests and the upper echelons of the Roman rulers. It is claimed that Joseph was Jesus’ uncle, which would suggest a family of significant wealth and influence.
When we move on to the next point on our list, the suggestion that Jesus was the descendent of a pharaonic line appears a little more likely.
7 The Shepherd Kings: The Hyksos
Logic has always suggested that the Hyksos kings, sometimes referred to as the Shepherd Kings, were foreign invaders. They ruled Lower Egypt from 1638 BC to around 1530 BC. However, recent research suggests they were not foreign to Egypt at all. It is thought by some that these rulers were citizens of the north who broke from Upper Egypt in what was an uprising.
According to author and researcher Ralph Ellis, it is much more likely that the Hyksos kings were made up of high priests and Egyptian royalty. Furthermore, the cause of the split was likely due to the high priests suggesting that they were moving out of the constellation of Taurus. They were now moving into the age of Aries. Ultimately, it was time, according to their orders, to stop worshiping the bull and to turn that focus to the ram or sheep. And it is because of this that they were labeled the Shepherd Kings. We might also recall that Jesus himself was referred to as a shepherd.
Ultimately, the Hyksos were overthrown. And it is the suggestion of some people that from this came the legends of the Exodus. Even more interesting, biblical characters such as Aaron and Moses were likely Egyptian royalty.
Following their arrival in Jerusalem, they looked to rebuild their empire. And as they did so, they retained the secret teachings of the ancient Egyptian schools. From this resettlement, it is said that the Hebrew people began. As years went on, though, those who wrote of their history made every effort to cover over any connection to ancient Egypt.
6 Bizarre Claims of Sorcery
Perhaps one of the most bizarre connections between Jesus, what would become Christianity, and ancient Egypt, can be found in writings that speak of Jesus being a sorcerer who knew the ways of the Egyptian high priests. Some of these writings even speak of him being a shapeshifter.
A particularly intriguing ancient Egyptian text was discovered in the early 2000s that appeared to tell of the crucifixion of Jesus. It also, however, claims that Jesus had “the ability to change shape” and that “his appearance changes.”
It is unclear if these writings should be taken at face value or not. Just the fact that Jesus is mentioned in ancient Egyptian writings is yet another connection between the two seemingly very different worlds.
Might these suggestions of sorcery be a reference to the wisdom he learned while in the Egyptian mystery schools? And might this be the reason his movements were documented?
5 The Horus Legends
One of the most controversial claims surrounding the story of Jesus is that it is ultimately a retelling of the story of the ancient Egyptian god Horus. As we might imagine, these claims have been contested by many. They are certainly intriguing, however. And once more ties Jesus, and Christianity as a whole, to the belief system of ancient Egypt.
Some of the most interesting comparisons are claims that both Horus and Jesus had twelve disciples. Each was also said to have walked on water. They both regularly performed miracles. And each of them was said to have been executed between two thieves. Even more intriguing was the fact that both arose again after death and ascended to the Heavens.
When the New Testament was compiled, was the life of Jesus essentially just the story of Horus? And was this done as a clue to those in the know of Jesus’ Egyptian origin while completely disguising it from the masses?
4 Multiple Ancient Writings and Belief Systems
It isn’t just the Horus legends that contain similarities to Jesus. The writings and creation stories of Christianity can be found in multiple other cultures around the world. And these accounts often predate them by thousands of years, including, of course, those of ancient Egypt.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing similarities is the belief of both the ancient Egyptians and Christians in an afterlife. Even the notion of “being judged” by the gods (or God) in the afterlife resonates almost perfectly with each other. As do notions of Hell in the Christian world and the underworld, or Duat, in ancient Egyptian legend.
Indeed, it would appear that these belief systems of ancient Egypt have disguised themselves through time. And they have done so under the guise of Christianity. Could it be possible that this belief system goes much further back than we might think? Quite possibly to a lost civilization that once had a global influence. And if that is true, that influence is still being felt today. a href=”https://www.ancient-origins.net/opinion-guest-authors/christ-myth-006130″ rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>
3 The Divine Nature of Kings
Another apparent discreet connection between Jesus and Christianity and ancient Egypt is the notion of divinity and Jesus being Divine. In its most basic form, Jesus is both God and a human, and he exists as both at the same time. We might recall the assertions in the ancient Egyptian writings that Jesus had “more than one form.” Might his have been a reference to what we understand in the modern world as Jesus being of a divine nature?
It is also interesting to note that the pharaohs of ancient Egypt were seen in a similar way. They were both a human and the incarnation of the god Horus. We already mentioned the similarities between the Horus legends and Jesus. It is also intriguing to note that both the biblical Jesus and the pharaohs of ancient Egypt were regarded as being both human and God-like at the same time. Could this be yet another subtle clue of the real-life Jesus’ true identity and status?
2 Sun Worship
There are many connections between sun worship, Jesus, and Christianity. However, there is also a connection to the temporary belief system of ancient Egypt of Atenism. This belief system suggests that the Aten was simply the sun. And some researchers suggest that this sudden conversion to worshipping one God only was the cause of the Exodus.
Could it possibly be accurate to suggest that sun worship continued once that Exodus had arrived in Jerusalem, albeit discreetly? And is that why the biblical story of Jesus appears to be an allegory for the sun? It is perhaps worth mentioning that Jesus himself would speak in a fashion where only very few people knew the meaning of his words. The masses, on the other hand, heard these words as something entirely different.
It is the assertion of many that by the time of modern Christianity following the meeting at Nicaea, only those in the know realized they were continuing in the sun god traditions of ancient Egypt. Most people, however, believed they were worshipping Jesus, the Son of God.
1 Was Mary Magdalene Jesus’ Wife and Sister?
Perhaps the most explosive claim that would link Jesus and, in turn, Christianity to ancient Egypt are those that revolve around Mary Magdalene. According to some, not only was she Jesus’ wife, but she was also his sister.
Perhaps one of the driving voices behind these suggestions is Ralph Ellis. He has claimed in several books that Mary Magdalene is actually Mary of Bethany. This would also make Lazarus Jesus’ brother. So what are the reasons for covering up such facts? According to some, it is simply the desire to remove any connections to the ancient Egyptian origins of Jesus.
In ancient Egypt, it was commonplace and even expected that a pharaoh would marry his sister. This was to maintain purity in the royal bloodline. If there is any truth to the claims that Mary Magdalene was the sister of Jesus, then does it suggest that the real-life Jesus was indeed an Egyptian pharaoh by descent?