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Is the bible plagiarized from other religions?

Hello, I was browsing a few forums concerning the bible and I came across this particular post:

“The Bible is a VERIFIED PLAGIARISM of ancient Egyptian texts, namely the Book of the Dead, the coffin Texts, the Pyramid Texts and the heiroglyphs themselves. Nearly EVERYTHING in Christianity can be traced back to ancient Egypt including and especially the story of Jesus Christ. The Book “Christ´╗┐ in Egypt: the horus-Jesus Connection” uses nothing but the PRIMARY sources that I’ve mentioned and details the Jesus plagiarism and thousands of other parallels. Educate yourself. READ IT.”

My question is the following — does anyone know if the information is as claimed, verified, (or not) and if so could you direct me to a website with the viable information. Figured you advocates of truth might know a thing or two about this.

Thanks in advance.

Posted: April 23rd 2011

Philip www

I would say the Christian religion contains many incorporated customs and philosophies which would include Egyptian but also Greek and other Near Eastern countries from before the 1st Century. It wasn’t plagiarised, it was more the community thinking of the time which evolved over time whereby it would be more familiar to those being preached to.

The Bible is a different kettle of fish as it wasn’t properly writtern out until at least a few years after The Council of Nicaea in 325 AD – The Church Fathers, influenced by the results of the Council’s decision, along with people like Eusibius of Ceaseria and Pope Athanasius of Alexandre all cobbled together rough forms of the Bible around 336AD where a “canonised by Constantine” version appeared. But more and more followed from there.

I don’t know enough about the construction of the Old Testament, but I do know more about the New Testament in terms of how only about 7 of Paul’s letters were his own, the first editions of the Gospels were lost and we have the copies made from copies that were copied from thousands of copies.

This happened throughout the Middle Ages too, Monks added footnotes which became incorporated into Bibles, pious rulers around Europe influencing changes – we had unicorns appearing in the King James edition for goodness sake!

So no, it’s not verified direct plagiarism but it is most certainly a collection of borrowed influences familiar to those who preached the early religions around the boiling cauldrons of mystery cults and religions stuck together in Galilee and Jerusalem around the 1st Century plus any changes made further on as the religion evolved.

Posted: May 5th 2011

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Reed Braden www

Yes, and The Lion King is almost exactly Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and even Shakespeare was a thief too! Romeo and Juliet was simply a retelling of a play thirty years its senior The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet.

Humans rarely invent new concepts. We just see what’s out there and copy it in ways to make it our own. Most of the time, it’s not even intentional… it’s just that everything has already been done, and we’re creatures of habit who like reading the same damn story over and over again.

In short, yeah… all religions stole from each other. It’s so much easier than just inventing a whole new story.

Posted: April 29th 2011

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brian thomson www

Another way of putting it might be to say that “religion” is the wrong word for most of the influences around at that time. The concept wasn’t as clear-cut as it is today. There were traditions and rituals, such as those in ancient Egypt, as well as Roman gods such as Sol Invictus and the later Mithraic cult. Christianity appears to by syncretic i.e. a mishmash of influences, some competing and some complimentary. So while it’s not as simple as “plagiarism”, neither can we say that Christianity arose from nothing.

Posted: April 29th 2011

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SmartLX www

The guy’s over-enthusiastic, but there is something to this.

The Bible does not directly quote any known text from prior religions, and it’s not even known what prior texts the authors could access (except that the writers of the New Testament probably had access to the Old). Therefore “parallels” is a good word to describe the apparent links between individual aspects of the Gospel stories and a great many similar events in earlier myths. Virgin births and resurrections are all over the place in early religious mythology, to begin with, but for instance there are remarkably specific similarities between the life of Jesus and at least one version of the life of Horus, as listed here.

This proves nothing except that not every part of the story of Jesus is unique in human culture. It’s possible that these events were invented for the mythical life of Horus (again, there are several versions to choose from) and then really happened in the life of Jesus millenia later, and Christians who are aware of Horus think that’s the case. Otherwise, it’s a long way from verified plagiarism, but it’s certainly interesting.

Posted: April 29th 2011

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