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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (April 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591430461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591430469
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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EGYPT / ANCIENT CIVILIZATION

In Christianity: An Ancient Egyptian Religion author Ahmed Osman contends that the roots of Christian belief spring not from Judaea but from Egypt. He compares the chronology of the Old Testament and its factual content with ancient Egyptian records to show that the major characters of the Hebrew scriptures--including Solomon, David, Moses, and Joshua--are based on Egyptian historical figures. He further suggests that not only were these personalities and the stories associated with them cultivated on the banks of the Nile, but the major tenets of Christian belief--the One God, the Trinity, the hierarchy of heaven, life after death, and the virgin birth--are all Egyptian in origin. He likewise provides a convincing argument that Jesus himself came out of Egypt.

With the help of modern archaeological findings, Osman shows that Christianity survived as an Egyptian mystery cult until the fourth century A.D., when the Romans embarked on a mission of suppression and persecution. In A.D. 391 the Roman-appointed Bishop Theophilus led a mob into the Serapeum quarter of Alexandria and burned the Alexandrian library, destroying all records of the true Egyptian roots of Christianity. The Romans’ version of Christianity, manufactured to maintain political power, claimed that Christianity originated in Judaea. In Christianity: An Ancient Egyptian Religion Osman restores Egypt to its rightful place in the history of Christianity.

AHMED OSMAN was born in Cairo in 1934 and is the author of The Hebrew Pharaohs of Egypt, Moses and Akhenaten, and Jesus in the House of the Pharaohs. He lives in England.

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Ahmed Osman was born in Cairo in 1934 and is the author of The Hebrew Pharaohs of Egypt, Moses and Akhenaten, and Jesus in the House of the Pharaohs. He lives in England.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Meg Bridgeman on December 3, 2007
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Author Ahmed Osman has written this book to get people to stop and realize that these characters from the Torah/Talmud were actual, historical figures. He claims the link to actual Egyptian history was severed in the early Common Era when Rome became thirsty for power (including religious power) and, hand-in-hand with destroying the library at Alexandria, they "destroyed" Christianity's true roots as an Egyptian "political" religion.

His research is not widely accepted by a majority of modern Egyptologists, he claims for reasons that it will put their own work in jeopardy. I would have to agree with that, however, his work will be no big threat to anyone until he (and other researchers) can find more evidence to demonstrate his theories. (He also needs to explain why, if Roman theologists eliminated all positive references to Egypt in religious scripture, Jewish manuscripts have eliminated the same "missing" references.)

The theories Osman has come up with are very intriguing. He provides biographical information for some ancient Egyptian rulers and compares their dynastic careers with descriptions we find for certain characters in the Torah, starting out with King David and working his way down the line chronologically.

Osman also references ancient Egyptian societal customs in relation to marriages, birthrights, military campaigns, etc. -- He points out that often, a sentence in Scripture that seems like "no big deal" contains some big hidden secret alluding to cultural norms of the area and time, for example, he breaks down some passages about King David's political position in Egypt and explains how Westerners have misinterpreted these passages and teaches the correct meaning in relation to the events' setting.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Brand on August 25, 2008
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This book should be titled: Islam/Christianity/Judaism: All evolved from Ancient Egyptian Religion. This book makes sense out of the Old Testament, and shows how the major religions came to be with very convincing evidence. A must read for those seeking the truth, but if you value your religion and connection with god, then don't read this book as if will surely sever those ties.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nika Davis on March 25, 2013
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Ahmed Osman's book fundamentally requires a revolutionary view of our traditional understanding of the Bible. He argues that Jesus lived during the time of Moses and that the life of Christ is a fabrication created by the 1st century evangelist and church. He draws his conclusions from an examination of Egyptian tombs and ancient documents. Resulting in one moving the center of Christianity out of a Jewish foundation to an African one. Although his research is extensive, it is certainly not definitive. If readers are to seriously reconstruct their traditional understanding of scripture, his assertions must be more than assumptions but definitive fact.

However, I do believe that Osman has enough evidence to argue that Christianity certainly has African roots. His arugments about baptism, the cross symbol, and the concept of the resurrection emerging from Africa are plausible. I was intrigued by his idea that one must accept the resurrection in order to be saved came from an Egyptian religious movement. Many people struggle with the Christian tenet that Jesus is the only way for salvation. Yet, Osman asserts that the early Christian church assimilated that teaching from an Egyptian cult. As a Christian, I would not accept his efforts to distinguish the historical Jesus from the created Christ, for there are too many possibilities that could either affirm or undermine his premise. Yet, Osman's work is worth reading for scholars who appreciate a diverse view on traditionally established subjects. Readers should appreciate Osman's scholarship and use it where one feels it is applicable, but I would not drop my orthodox teachings about salvation through Christ as a result of his work. Christianity: An Ancient Egyptian Religion can be best studied with a fork and not a spoon. Pick out what you think if most reasonable but there is no need to swallow all of it.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brett Pruitt on July 23, 2007
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This was the last book in Osman's series that I read. I would certainly recommend saving this one for last. A portion of it is essentially a repeat of his books, Moses and Akhenaten and The Hebrew Pharoahs of Egypt...but it does contain new information and finally summarizes his viewpoint. Osman does provide the reader with some interesting information in his books and puts forth quite a convincing argument. However, I can't help but think that he has some agenda in his writing...which I'm not all that crazy about. What his agenda might be, I haven't quite figured out yet. Regardless, it does make for an interesting read and is at the very least informative of early Christian history.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Smith on June 27, 2010
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The author has done an outstanding job at collecting and presenting information and evidence that show how Judaism and Christianity have their roots in ancient Egyptian religion. The book is gripping and hard to put down as page after page melts away as though you were reading a thriller. And yet that's almost what it amounts to: an ancient crime scene whose principal actors tried very hard to cover their tracks in an attempt to fool posterity into believing in a divine origin of their religion.

I also found The Syrian Goddess: De Dea Syria and The Life of Apollonius of Tyana very interesting.
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