Review: Jesus in the House of the Pharaohs: The Essene Revelations on the Historical Jesus (Paperback)-Ahmed Osman
Ahmed Osman wrote:
“Some of the ideas put forward in this book — and certainly the conclusion to be drawn from them — will undoubtedly prove startling (even distressing) for readers who have not encountered them before. However, the purpose has been to try to identify the historical figure of Christ, not to argue about theological interpretations of his life and teachings that developed subsequently.”
“The paths trodden in this book are not by any means new paths. Other scholars have been down them, only to turn back because they were leading to disturbing territory that challenged accepted wisdom or clashed with their own beliefs.”
How true. Ahmed Osman would have been declared a heretic, to be stoned to death, or burned at the stake by Judaists, Christians and Followers of Islam had this been written even a century ago. But with the full acceptance of the Freedom of Speech by the majority of the Peoples of the world, and with access to freedom of information on the internet, we are today fortunate to have access to information that had been locked away for thousands of years because of religious bigotry. Even so, the majority of readers, (here I refer mainly to evangelical Christians) will automatically condemn and reject the views in this book mainly because they have been so deeply indoctrinated with orthodox Christian memes that, on this topic of, “the quest for the historical Jesus” the version in the New Testament is the only story of Jesus that is acceptable. Even to contemplate the possibility of a “historical Jesus” different from that in the New Testament would destroy the total basis of the faith that has been inculcated in the Judaic, Christian, and Islamic belief systems is unacceptable. But why is any other possible historical truth unacceptable in the Abrahamic faiths?
Yet is for this very reason, the feeling that there is a missing link, that many thinkers have independently sought to seek the true “historical Jesus.” Ahmed Osman, an Egyptologist, uninhibited by peer pressures, has meticulously and painstakingly attempted to sift, to match and to fit in Biblical history into that of recorded Egyptian history. Where unsubstatiated folklore exists in the Bible, he attempts to correct either the dates, or the sequence of events in Bible hiatory to fit in with what is known in Egyptian historical records, giving priority to historical events over myths or folklore. To those who have read Ahmed Osman’s books with an open mind, his analysis and conclusions make more logical sense tha some of the ambiguousity in the Bible. However, I believe that Ahmed Osman has done a sterling job of comparing and analysing Biblical history with that of Egyptian history and to illustrate how the religious rituals and beliefs of ancient Egypt has been absorbed and influenced the formation of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Osman has shown clearly how Abrahamic monotheism evolved from Egyptain monotheism which was initiated by Pharaoh Akhenaten (Moses)(ruler 1367-1361 BC ), and perpetuated by Pharaoh Tutankhamukn (rule 1361 -1352 BC) who was immortalised by the Christians as Joshua and finally revealed as Jesus. This, has to date, been the most logical insight into the probability that we have found “historical Jesus.” Thus Jesus of the New Testament is a spiritual Jesus, an immortalised representation of Tutankhamun who really lived centuries earlier.