Was Jesus the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun?
There is no certain evidence on the real existence of Jesus Christ and even less on the fact that he lived in the historical era told by the Gospels. Ahmed Osman instead believes that the figure of Jesus is based on the life of the pharaoh Tutankhamun.
Pharaoh Tutankhamun, who lived more than 1300 years before the Biblical Jesus, actually favored the belief in life after death and in resurrection. Even in the room where he was buried there is a painting depicting his own resurrection.
According to Osman this idea (the resurrected savior) would be the basis of Christianity; the author claims that the followers of the Pharaoh would have kept their faith secret until John the Baptist started talking about the arrival of the Redeemer. At that point the followers of the Tutankhamun cult would reveal that they witnessed the Savior's resurrection (this is what they believed) and their words were taken literally and inserted into the Holy Scriptures.
As can be easily understood, a large part of the scientific community has received this theory with great skepticism, while largely agreeing that it is difficult (and unlikely) that the figure of Jesus Christ, if attributable to a man who really existed, can be placed in the historical period of Pontius Pilate and Herod.
Wanting to analyze this fascinating hypothesis, it is easy in any case to come across some similarities and coincidences:
- the Egyptian Pharaohs were usually defined with the title "Son of God";
- the figures of Moses and Joseph have been found several times by the historians of Egypt;
- the image of the cross is also present in Egyptian symbolism;
- "Amen" is often depicted in Egyptian images as "the Ram" (= the Lamb of God);
- the Egyptians used to celebrate the winter solstice as the birth of Horus, their savior. The date coincides with that of the Christian Christmas;
Another author, Ralph Ellis, even wanted to demonstrate the Egyptian origins of the ancestors of the Patriarchs, claiming that Jesus himself would have been a descendant of the Egyptian Royal Line. His book "Jesus: Last of the Pharaohs", Ralph Ellis addresses these issues in a certainly provocative but also very interesting way.
Inside my mask of gold, lapis,
turquoise and amber,
my naked body breaks its bondage
and soars like an eagle towards
the golden Sun of rejuvenation”
-Ramon Ravenswood, Icons Speak
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