About the Shroud of Turin Dec 22, 2011 22:12:52 GMT -5
Post by Shane for Wax on Dec 22, 2011 22:12:52 GMT -5
Well, images of Jesus and Mary weren't really depicted until the late middle ages, so first one's off the roof.
Your first link is just a refutation of arguments for a Jesus-Horus connection presented by a quack. Did you even read it?
"In particular, the depictions of Mary and Jesus from Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the Black Madonna of Częstochowa share many similarities to extant ancient Egyptian art depictions of Horus and Isis."
Egyptologist Erik Hornung wrote that "There was an obvious analogy between the Horus child and the baby Jesus and the care they received from their sacred mothers; long before Christianity, Isis had borne the epithet 'mother of the god.'"
This is the result of early Christian exposure to Egyptian art. In a survey of "twenty leading Egyptologists" by Dr. W. Ward Gasque, a Christian scholar, found that all who responded recognised "that the image of the baby Horus and Isis has influenced the Christian iconography of Madonna and Child" but that there were no other similarities, e.g. no evidence that Horus was born of a virgin, had twelve followers, etc.
Isis was not a virgin.
Isis in the Ancient World by Reginald Eldred Witt.
Where is your source of Gnosticism merging Egyptian and Jewish Beliefs? And what does that have to do with sun-centered mythology?
Ancient Egypt: The Light of the World