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OUT OF EGYPT by Ahmed Osman - a critical review
A letter to William Theaux in response to the web pages by Zenon Kelper
The books by Ahmed Osman are aimed at destroying Christianity. For one who does not know history or the Bible, his books can and will do much damage to their faith.
Due to the very precise historical dating of the New Chronology, as presented in - John Fulton, "A New Chronology - Synopsis of David Rohl's book 'A Test of Time'", and the data presented confirming the conquest of Canaan during the Middle Bronze Age/13th dynasty, there is absolutely no way Tutankhamen is Joshua or Jesus Christ. Tutankhamen lived in the 18th dynasty of Egypt. This proves the theory and books of Ahmed Osman and others who share his theories, as totally FALSE.
Not every word of the gospel Paul preached is recorded in the Bible. What is written is exhortations to Churches Paul established to obey God - essentially.
If you go to most any Church on a Sunday morning. You will find the minister preaching the same sermon 2 or more times during the morning. Jesus had one core sermon: the sermon on the mount (Mat 5-7). He repeated elements of this sermon at different times and different places to different people all over Israel. This is how the gospels appear to be out-of-sync. This just shows Jesus was a very mobile preacher.
The book of Luke has been shown to be a VERY historically accurate document.
And for a detailed explanation of the book of Luke, click here.
The book of Luke gives the most detailed biography of Jesus life. Because Luke has been shown to be a companion of Paul, his gospel must have been written before 65ad (Paul's death). Because Luke probably loved and cared deeply for his close friend Paul's life, Luke probably endeavored to be absolutely accurate in reporting the life and teachings of Christ. These things argue strongly against your assumption that Jesus life was a second century fabrication.
The book of Acts and the book of Luke are traditionally known as court documents meticulously prepared for the defense of Paul in his trial in Rome before Nero.
What he does here is read between the lines in the bible.
Many new age cults, Buddhists, etc.. have taken the years of Jesus life not reported in scripture and "run away with them". I have read at least ten different accounts of those years, none of them seem very probable.
More than likely, because Jesus was the only son of Mary, after the death of Joseph, Jesus worked in providing for Mary as a carpenter. Sepora, a Roman city less than 7 miles from Nazareth, was a busy city which probably provided much business for Jesus in his work as a carpenter.
This is not very exciting for most people, but is probably much closer to the truth. Jesus would have had good access to the writings of the temple because of his uncle Zechariah. Also, Mary is said to have been a temple virgin, according to the gospel of James. So she would have had very advanced knowledge in regard to the teachings of God and the history of Israel.
Scripture does say Jesus went with his parents to Egypt until Herod died. This one visit does not make Jesus an Egyptian. Granted, Jesus was a smart boy and he probably learned all he could during their stay in Egypt. But this brief episode is not enough to make Jesus into Tutankhamen.
The Pharisees, long prior to Jesus, believed in the resurrection of the dead. For the 70 years prior to 538bc Israel was deported to the region of Persia. That is where the name "Pharisee" comes from - Persian. While in Persia, the rabbis traded ideas about God with the locals. Zoroastrians influenced these people. It has been suggested that this is where the Jewish people came to learn about a resurrection of the dead. Also, the timing of the deportation of Israel is very close to the life of Buddha Siddhartha Gautama. The 8 Noble Truths echo the 10 commandments, suggesting the teachings of Buddha may just be a interpretation of the laws of Moses.
The name "Jesus" was common among the Jewish people in the first century. The New Testament alone shows 2 people with this name. Jesus himself and Bar-Jesus (Acts 13:6). "Jesus" may also be seen in the form of "Jesse". The name "Joshua", when you study the Hebrew a little, can mean "I am desolation". The book of Joshua reflects this translation of Joshua - rather than "Salvation". The Greek rendering of "Jesus" is "Ieseu" - which is "Jesu". "Jesu" is closer to the Hebrew "Yesha" in Hebrew - which does mean "Salvation".
This makes no sense at all. Why would Moses build an entire city, change the worship of the entire country of Egypt, and even change his name to AKHNATON - then pray all his prayers to AMEN?? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Amen is the King of the gods, righteous God of gods. Aton is the sun-god. The bible goes on and on about NOT WORSHIPPING anything in the sky, stars, planets, the moon, and the SUN. Amen worship is of the invisible Deity. Aton worship is of the SUN, a very visible deity.
The encyclopedia says Aton worship is a kind of nature worship with NO RULES accept the worship of Aton. Moses is known as the law giver. Rules rules and more rules. There are more than 600 commandments/rules written in the 5 books of Moses.
These contrasts are too many and too great to believe this theory. The Aton worship described is more like a religion of (S)Aton - not the Lord. The lawless character of (S)Aton worship obviously convicted the hearts of the people of Egypt, who made a great effort to obliterate any memory of Akhnaton or the worship of Aton - who they must have considered very evil to have gone to such extremes to erase all records about them.
As far as Tutankhamen being Joshua. Why is there no repetition of any sayings which match or echo Jesus of the New Testament? The tomb of Tut is very well preserved, yet, no sign of any "bible" present. It seems rather odd, if they were one and the same person, none of his preaching is recorded in Tut's tomb. Again, too many contrasts.
Hermes Thoth. This name translates into - Messenger of truth. This is the same as Apostle. Or an angel. The person who travels to a new place, speaks the words of God - the words of truth - the revelation of the real person, the true self, is Hermes Thoth. In other words - a missionary. The children/offspring of the message continue to procreate this new life. Adam would be the original founder of the Message of Truth/Hermes Thoth.
The massive catastrophe which the Bible calls the flood, which is repeated in several hundred legends and myths throughout the world, interrupted Hermes Thoth. Its knowledge was given into the capable hands of Noah.
Secular science confirms most if not all of the worlds languages originated in the region near Mt. Ararat (many Indo-European web sites on this). Sanskrit for God = Hu/Ju/Ge - which is essentially "be" as in "to be" - to exist - life, the name of God. It is the seed from which all the wisdom of the world has sprung. From Adam's children, Noah's children, Abraham's children, and Joseph - who your web site says is Yuyu (the same pattern of "I am-I am" seen in Eli-jah, Je-sus, The-seus, Amen-Amen), which is the Sanskrit word "Ju" repeated twice - "I will be that I will be". The name "yu-yu" is the same name Moses received from the burning bush.
As a side note - the American Indians know The Great Spirit by the name "ia-ia" - essentially the same as "yu-yu", so the name of God was known BEFORE the peoples passed over the Bering straight land bridge, some say more than 10,000 years ago.
So the knowledge Moses tried to implement in a aggressive way was the same knowledge passed down from his ancestors - not originating with him.
The suppression of the memory that Oedipus is Moses I believe stems from Oedipus's life as recorded by Sophocles. Incest, murder, self mutilation. These things turn people off. Not the resume of an charismatic inspirational missionary.
What the name reveals is the true condition of a persons heart. This is the "true magic" of it. This is why it receives such violent responses from some people. It reveals the naked truth about a person. This truth, if the person's life is a mess, will inevitably result in a violent reaction - or repentance and healing. The holocaust of the Jews was the Nazi way of killing the revelation that the Nazi heart was evil - breaking the mirror. Because the message of Hermes Thoth quite simply - is a MIRROR. and mirrors cannot lie.