14) Donald B. Redford "The Monotheism of Akhenaten." in Aspects of Monotheism, 113
15) Donald B. Redford, Akhenaten the Heretic King, (Princeton University Press 1984), 232
16) In a personal email correspondence, astronomer Jay Pasachoff writes, "Many of the constellations were referred to in Homer in the 9th century BC.
The Babylonians divided the zodiac into 12 constellations in the 5th c. BC."
18) James Holden, A History of Horoscopic Astrology: From the Babylonian Period to the Modern Age (American Federation of Astrologers, 2nd edition,
19) Nicholas Campion, "Babylonian Astrology: Its Origin and Legacy in Europe," (2000) 2.
20) Nicholas Campion, Introduction to the History of Astrology, chapter on "Egyptian Astrology," p. 1
21) This is explicitly stated in no uncertain terms in Exodus 16:2-5; 8; 12; 15.
22) One Omer:
Exodus 16:16; 22
This is what the LORD has commanded: 'Each one is to gather as much as he needs. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.' " On the
sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers for each person.
23) Gary R. Habermas, The Historical Jesus, (College Press, 2009), 46.
1) Walter Burkert, Ancient Mystery Cults Cambridge Mass, (Harvard University Press. 1987),101
2) Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ, 166
3) T. N. D. Mettinger, The Riddle of the Resurrection: "Dying and Rising Gods" in the Ancient Near East, 2001. p.4
"From the 1930s...a consensus has developed to the effect that the dying and rising gods' died but did not return or rise to live again... Those who
still think differently are looked upon as residual members of an almost extinct species."
Ronand Nash, Gospel and the Greeks, 161-62; quoting Andre Boulanger, Orphee: Raports de l'orphisme et du christianisme (Paris, 1925), 102.
"Which mystery gods actually experienced a resurrection from the dead? Certainly no early texts refer to any resurrection of Attis. Attempts to link
the worship of Adonis to a resurrection are equally weak. Nor is the case for a resurrection of Osiris any stronger....And of course no claim can be
made that Mithras was a dying and rising god. French scholar Andre Boulanger concluded: 'the conception that the god dies and is resurrected in order
to lead his faithful to eternal life is represented in no Hellenistic mystery religion.'"
Boyd/Eddy, The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition (Baker Academic, 2007),134,136.
"While the claim that aspects of the Christian view of Jesus parallel, even are indebted to, ancient pagan legends and myths has a long history, it
gained prominence with the birth of the history of religions school (Religionsgeschichtliche Schule) in the late nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries....The history of religions school was extremely popular in academic circles for several decades, but owing to trenchant critiques by such
scholars as Samuel Cheetham, H.A.A. Kennedy, J. Gresham Machen, A.D. Nock, Bruce Metzger, and Gunter Wagner, it eventually fell out of fashion."
4) Ibid. Strobel, 161 Summery of Mettinger's study and quotation from his work is given.
5) Both offer $1000 with the former having a more eclectic list of claims that the prize money is being offered for:
6) Egyptians washed dead bodies and Anubis was the god of embalming. Massey seems to be equating this with a Christian baptism which ironically
symbolizes regeneration and new life. Regardless of the slew of Zeitgeist movie supporters and prize money being directly offered to Acharya S., no
one has yet to see a primary text for this one.
7) Annu means pillar:
As for "Annu" being a city with grain stores, this is rather nugatory being that it was a major city and we should expect as such. The Hebrew usage
of the word translated "bread" in "Bethlehem" refers to food in general and there were several places called Bethlehem during the minor prophet
8) Ibid. footnote 5
9) Quoted from and cited here:
10) As noted before the twelve signs were divided by the Babylonians in the 6/5th century B.C.
11) Stated in this article:
12) Stated here:
13) Ibid. footnote (11).
14) The owner of Kingdavid8, who is offering money for this claim has his conversation with her posted online here:
15) Nicholas Perrin, "On Raising Osiris in 1 Corinthians 15", 126
16) Perrin article:
17) Nicholas Perrin "On Raising Osiris in 1 Corinthians 15"
18) Ibid. quoted by Strobel, 181
19) Stated here: