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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:23 pm 
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People on this forum have already addressed the full animal form of the evangelists (Mark=lion, Luke=bull, & John=eagle) as depicted in early Christian iconography. But what about those same evangelists taking Egyptian like features such as a hybrid of a human with the head of an animal? As most people know, Ancient Egyptians depicted some of their gods and goddesses with bimorphic qualities i.e., Anubis, Horus, Sekhmet and Mehet-Weret as depicted below:

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Ok. First a disclaimer of fair use; the following is for educational and comments purpose only. Continuing my independent personal outside research on CIE’s claims of Ancient Egyptian influence on later Christianity, one of my favorite authors mainstream Egyptologist Dr. Richard H. Wilkinson writes in his book which I recommend The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

The Complete Gods And Goddesses Of Ancient Egypt

On the Epilogue: A Lasting Legacy Pg.242, Dr.Wilkinson says,

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…the influence of Egyptian deities and religion cannot be denied in the formative periods of those same religions, and particularly that of Christianity which provides an excellent case study of Egyptian influence.


He goes on explaining on pg.243

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The four evangelists of the Christian tradition were frequently depicted in animal form or as animal-headed like the Egyptian gods in early Christian art...


Well, this is what I found after a little bit of google search (found at the British Museum website):

St. John as a human with an eagle’s head.

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St. Luke with a bull’s head

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And the 4 human bodied evangelists together, 3 of them with animal heads (lion, bull, & eagle)

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I guess the Ancient Egyptian religion imagery remained in Christianity after all.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:22 pm 
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Pretty straight-forward evidence there. And clearly this is emphasizing the astrotheological meaning of the 4 gospels (the animals in question are addressed to the zodiac) rendered in an obviously Egyptian method of hybrid depiction.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:17 am 
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Humans and animals have certain behavioural characteristics that are determined by DNA coding. I have wondered if using images of persons with animal heads was a way of indicating what type of animal behavioural characteristics were similar to that person's personality. Did a person have a personality like that of a bull, or a jackal, or a lion?

A person with the head of a hawk would have been a pharaoh, who was supposed to be Horus on Earth.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:21 pm 
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Veddy interestink! Thank you.

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James and Peter supposedly spread the message of Jesus. Menander and Saturninus supposedly spread the message of Simon. The myth of Jesus became the basis for Christianity. The myth of Simon was used as a basis for Gnosticism. Were the story similarities coincidence, or was the myth of one based on the story of the other?

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