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Osiris is not the only

Osiris is not the only figure whose divinity finds its proof in the ability to win over death. We have for example: Dionysus Adonis Tammuz (the Phoenician Adonis) Demeter celebrated in the Eleusinian Mysteries Mithras who was worshiped in Rome as Sol Invictus (the sun winning over the death's darkness) and whose birth was celebrated on December 25 th All of these were gods whose death and resurrection were annually celebrated. They would guarantee the return of light and life after the winter's darkness, which represents death. The God who guarantees rebirth for his followers by providing them with food is not a prerogative of Christianity. The Indian Brahmins taught that the rice bread offered to the deity during the sacred ceremony, would become God's real flesh. The Aztecs celebrated a real rite of Communion: Convinced that they were eating God's flesh, they consumed bread made of maize, beet and honey, which had been consecrated during special ritual ceremonies. The Doubt and the “Unacceptable Hypothesis” Inspired by God... or Thoth? This question does not pretend to affirm such an unrealistic alternative, a nonexistent rivalry between two gods in the run for the authorship of the “sacred” books, or at least those books that are considered as sacred. This question only wants to justify the doubt that appears likely to rise, and wants to be a reminder of the responsibility for those who pretend to say with absolute and unequivocal certainty that these books are “sacred” because they 178

are directly inspired by the same God of whom they are the spokesperson. Too many elements make them similar to other texts, other faiths, and other religions' fundamental constituents. Let us try to formulate a hypothesis about the real origin of the texts we are interested in. It is very easy to imagine an aging John, aware of the fact that life is slipping away, intent to look into the archive of his memories. Fears, doubts, perplexities, and distressing questions come over him: What will become of Jesus' words, he who lived many years earlier? What is the meaning of his death now that all those who knew him and were the direct witnesses to his outstanding life are dying? Have those years of prayers, meditation, talking about God, walking long distances, eating crops from the fields, and sleeping anywhere all passed in vain? Have the doctrinal fights against Pharisees' hypocrisy been useless? Are those years now only a memory of a wonderful attempt that has miserably failed? Had Jesus really lived for nothing - who would intervene in the daily lives of his poor countrymen, relieve pain, erase the small and large anguishes of a people who, although ruled by foreign barbarians felt “chosen by God?” This could not be so! Several times and in various parts of the known world, John had told the story of this great man, so great that he could not be considered simply a man: he had a special light inside, enabling him to speak as even the greatest teachers of law could not do. He would accuse, reproach and forgive with an authority that did not pertain to any of his predecessors. He could still feel satisfaction in recalling the anger of the 'conformists' who saw them attending banquets with “publicans, sinners and prostitutes”. What subtle pleasure it was to violate the arid and absurd traditional laws, while silently supporting, through behavior, the strength of a new and shocking message... How could one let go the story of a man who lived so extraordinarily? It was nice to live with those certainties, they made you feel master of your own life; in those days nothing could disturb the serenity and power that 179

scholarly editions other translation resources ... - UBS Translations
The Development of Biblical Prayer - Jewish Bible Quarterly
New Testament - Saint Mary's Press
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(Part 1)
Biblical Nonsense A Review of the Bible for Doubting ... - Paolo Cirio
Statistical Determination of Genre in Biblical Hebrew - Institute for ...
Genesis 1-11: Mythical or Historical? - Apologetics Press
God's Story of Creation - Knights of Columbus, Supreme Council
The Expositor's Bible Commentary—Revised Edition - Zondervan
Download the Jewish Book (pdf) - Center for Jewish History