The Jesus Mysteries:
Was the “Original Jesus” a Pagan God?
In this book, philosopher and spiritual author Freke and classical civilisation specialist Gandy weave a series of arguments that suggest that the Jesus of Christianity may have been a compilation of a number of the myths from the various Pagan Mystery cults co-existing in the Roman Empire in the 1st Century AD.
They draw very convincing parallels to events such as the virgin birth, walking on water, godly trinities, rebirth, last suppers, even the 25th of December existing in – and perhaps being drawn from – other religions and beliefs.
And they point out that the actual historical and archaeological evidence that Jesus ever even existed is on shaky ground.
These are not fly-by-nighters who are making it up as they go along. The book is thoroughly researched and extensively footnoted.
While some of the conclusions reached may be a several steps too far into speculation for many readers (this one included), the book is well worth a read, and well worth doing some thinking about.
But not recommended for anyone taking a fundamentalist literalist view of the Bible. You have been warned!