Gods Of Our Fathers

Gods Of Our Fathers

by Richard A. Gabriel, Mordechai Gichon
     
 

Gabriel offers a startling new look at Judaism and Christianity by attempting to trace their historical theological roots, not to the revelations of God, but to the common theological ancestor, the religions of ancient Egypt. Using new material only recently made available by archaeology, Gabriel shows how the theological premises of Christianity were in existence

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Gabriel offers a startling new look at Judaism and Christianity by attempting to trace their historical theological roots, not to the revelations of God, but to the common theological ancestor, the religions of ancient Egypt. Using new material only recently made available by archaeology, Gabriel shows how the theological premises of Christianity were in existence three thousand years before Christ and how the heresy of Akhenaten became the source for Moses' Judaism.

Gabriel begins with the challenge that the dawn of man's ethical conscience began in Egypt by 3400 BCE, long before the age of revelation in the West. Over the course of 3000 years, Egyptian theologians developed a complete theology of trinitarian monotheism, immortality of the soul, resurrection, and a post-mortem judgment within the Osiris myth. These concepts existed nowhere else in the ancient world and were passed directly to Christianity. In 1200 BCE, the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten abandoned Egyptian tradition and invented his own theology of a single god, no immortal soul, no resurrection, and no post-mortem judgment. This tradition was passed to the West through Moses whose Judaic theology is identical to Akhenaten's.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313312861
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2001
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Religion Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1The Dawn of Conscience1
2Egyptian Monotheism and Akhenaten29
3Moses and Judaism61
4Osiris and the Egyptian Resurrection103
5Jesus and the Christian Osiris129
6Ritual and Magic167
7Final Thoughts189
Notes199
Bibliography219
Index227

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