Gerald Massey (1828 – 1907) was a very bright young man whose poems attracted attention and enabled him to further his education. Eventually, he became an Egyptologist. He discovered that the story of Christ had its fore-runners in the myths of Egypt, Greece, and Persia.
The lectures of Gerald Massey are precise, concise, and devastating to Christian theology. Some of them were published in 1900. You can read them here: lectures of Gerald Massey:
- The Historical (Jewish) Jesus and the Mythical (Egyptian) Christ
- Paul as a Gnostic Opponent of Peter, not the Apostle of Historic Christianity;
- The Logia of the Lord or Pre-Christian Sayings ascribed to Jesus the Christ
- Gnostic and Historic Christianity
- The Hebrew and other Creations fundamentally explained
- The Devil of Darkness or Evil in the Light of Evolution
- Luniolatry Ancient and Modern
- Man in search of his Soul, during Fifty Thousand Years, and how he found it
- The Seven Souls of Man and their Culmination in the Christ
- The Coming Religion
From “The Historical Jesus and the Mythical Christ”
The mythical Messiah was always born of a Virgin Mother–a factor unknown in natural phenomena, and one that cannot be historical…. The virgin mother has been represented in Egypt by the maiden Queen, Mut-em-ua, the future mother of Amenhept III some 16 centuries B.C., who impersonated the eternal virgin that produced the eternal child.
Four consecutive scenes reproduced in my book are found portrayed upon the innermost walls of the Holy of Holies in the Temple of Luxor, which was built by Amenhept III, a Pharaoh of the 17th dynasty. The first scene on the left hand shows the God Taht, the Lunar Mercury, the Annunciator of the Gods, in the act of hailing the Virgin Queen, and announcing to her that she is to give birth to the coming Son. In the next scene the God Kneph (in conjunction with Hathor) gives the new life. This is the Holy Ghost or Spirit that causes the Immaculate Conception, Kneph being the spirit by name in Egyptian. The natural effects are made apparent in the virgin’s swelling form.
Next the mother is seated on the mid-wife’s stool, and the newborn child is supported in the hands of one of the nurses. The fourth scene is that of the Adoration. Here the child is enthroned, receiving homage from the Gods and gifts from men. Behind the deity Kneph, on the right, three spirits–the Three Magi, or Kings of the Legend, are kneeling and offering presents with their right hand, and life with their left. The child thus announced, incarnated, born, and worshipped, was the Pharaonic representative of the Aten Sun in Egypt, the God Adon of Syria, and Hebrew Adonai; the child-Christ of the Aten Cult; the miraculous conception of the ever-virgin mother, personated by Mut-em-ua, as mother of the “only one,” and representative of the divine mother of the youthful Sun-God.
These scenes, which were mythical in Egypt, have been copied or reproduced as historical in the Canonical Gospels, where they stand like four corner-stones to the Historic Structure, and prove that the foundations are mythical.