By Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy
“Whether you finish that this publication is the main alarming heresy of the millennium or the mum of all revelations, The Jesus Mysteries merits to be read.”
-- fortress worthy famous person -Telegram
What if . . .
* there have been totally no proof for the lifestyles of a ancient Jesus?
* for millions of years Pagans had additionally a Son of God?
* this Pagan savior was once additionally born of a virgin at the twenty-fifth of December ahead of 3 shepherds, became water into wine at a marriage, died and used to be resurrected, and provided his physique and blood as a Holy Communion?
* those Pagan myths have been rewritten because the gospel of Jesus Christ?
* the earliest Gnostic Christians knew that the Jesus tale used to be a myth?
* Christianity grew to become out to be a continuation of Paganism through one other identify?
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With wit and biting satire, he means that in the event that they desired to create a brand new faith they might were greater to have established it round one of many many recognized Pagan sages who additionally “died a hero’s death,” writing: it will were greater had you on your zest for a brand new instructing shaped your faith round one of many males of outdated who died a hero’s dying and used to be venerated for it—someone who a minimum of used to be already topic of a fable. you might have selected Heracles or Asclepius, or if those have been too tame, there has been consistently Orpheus, who as each is familiar with, used to be reliable and holy and but died a violent dying. Or had he already been taken? good, then you definately had Anaxarchus, a guy who regarded loss of life correct within the eye while being overwhelmed and acknowledged to his persecutors, “Beat away. Beat the pouch of Anaxarchus; for it isn't him you're beating. ” yet I bear in mind that a few philosophers have already claimed him as their grasp. good, what of Epictetus? whilst his leg was once being twisted he smiled and acknowledged with whole composure, “You are breaking it. ” And whilst it used to be damaged, he smiled and stated, “I informed you so. ” Your God must have uttered this sort of announcing whilst he used to be being punished! 169 Bread and Wine prior to his demise, Jesus celebrates a symbolic final Supper of bread and wine. within the Bacchae, Euripides calls bread and wine the “two powers that are superb in human affairs,” the only titanic and protecting the physique, the opposite liquid and intoxicating the brain. one hundred seventy The ancients credited the secret godman with bringing to humanity the humanities of cultivating corn and the vine to supply bread and wine. within the gospels, Jesus publicizes: “I am the bread of existence” and through the final Supper he breaks bread and gives it to his disciples, announcing, “Take this, this is often my physique. ”171 The secret godman was once, likewise, symbolically linked to bread and with the corn from which it comes. 172 Osiris was once acknowledged to have met his dying via being torn limb from limb, that is symbolic of the corn being threshed to provide flour. The bones of the useless Adonis have been stated to be flooring on a mill then scattered to the wind. 173 within the gospels Jesus additionally announces: “I am the genuine vine”174 and through the final Supper he deals his disciples a cup of wine, announcing, “This is my blood. ”175 Like Jesus, Dionysus was once additionally linked to the vine and with wine. He was once often called the “god of wine” and in a few myths he dies through being dismembered, that is symbolic of the grapes being trodden to supply wine. by means of participating of the bread and wine provided through Jesus, his disciples symbolically devour his physique and drink his blood, so communing with the Christ. the assumption of divine communion via consuming the god is a ceremony so historic that it really is present in the Egyptian ebook of the useless, within which the deceased are portrayed as consuming the gods and so imbuing their powers. 176 The ritual of consuming and consuming the “body” and “blood” of Jesus is well known via Christians because the Eucharist. 177 any such “holy communion” used to be additionally practiced within the Mysteries, as a way of changing into one with Osiris-Dionysus.