It is believed by scholars that her cult and some of her iconography (mother and child depiction) was adopted by
We must also
Indeed, why would a devout Jewish sect take a pagan goddess and turn it into a first century Jewish woman?
Still, Jesus Mythicists will insist that Mary was a fictional character
Well, let’s see how wrong they really are, and to do so, we need to compare both.
Isis was a mother goddess who, like an angel, was depicted with wings. She was the daughter of the god Geb and the Goddess Nut, one of a set of quadruplets or quintuplets, depending
In some accounts, this is how the elder Horus was conceived and born. Isis eventually married Osiris (while outside the womb) and…well, what happens on a wedding night? What do married couples um, do now and again.
Who would have thought?
Thus, Horus the younger, the more famous Horus…was conceived.
Jesus Mythicists will protest, saying that a relief on
They also try to make a connection between Isis and the constellation Virgo (or virgin) but this also fails. Because, you see, though Isis was connected to the constellation Virgo…
Indeed, the Greeks didn’t identify Virgo with just Astraea : they also identified it with Dike (a goddess of justice who, to be fair, was identified with Astraea and who was also claimed to be a virgin, though in another version of her myth, she was the mother of
So…are we going to say that Isis was a goddess of justice who was kidnapped by Hades (who married her
Most would consider this to be an absurd description of Isis.
Therefore…why borrow mythological details from Astraea and give them to Isis, especially
Thus, Isis was no Virgin.
She was however a great teacher, helping to civilize Egypt and teaching people the art of medicine. She even brought the concept of marriage to humanity.
Mary was a peasant Jewish woman who lived from the late 1rst century BC to the early 1rst century AD. Like other Jewish women, when she was a girl, her marriage would have been arranged by her family and that of her potential groom (in this case Joseph).
Considering that Mary went through an entire pregnancy during her betrothal, and that she had been betrothed to Joseph before she became pregnant (Luke 1:26-30), this would lead us to the startling conclusion that Mary hadn’t had her period yet when
Thus, Mary could have been in her teens, or even 11 or 12, when she became pregnant with Christ (remember, the legal age of marriage was 12, not the legal age of betrothal).
Mary would have been considered one of the great heroes of faith. Later, she was said to appear in visions and perform other miracles, but these beliefs and reports post-dates the
So…what do Isis and Mary have in common?
Having children at an early age?
Mary was a virgin mother. Isis was not. Even in accounts where she was impregnated with Horus by means of a divine fire, she still had a track record
Were both winged?
No. Mary wasn’t a mutant.
No. Mary was mortal.
Both performed miracles?
Mary was said to have performed miracles…in tales and reports that post-date the New Testament.
No, these things happened long before Mary was born.
One of a set of quadruplets or quintuplets?
We have no evidence showing that Mary was one of a set of quadruplets or quintuplets.
Resurrected the dead?
No, Mary did
Both called "Mary"?
Though Jesus mythicists will claim that Isis was also called "Meri" or "Isis Meri", there is no evidence of this.
Like every other human, only Mary’s spirit or soul is immortal. Her body was not, and she passed away in the first century AD. Isis, being a goddess, was considered immortal.
Oh, and keep in mind: Mary is from a Jewish Background, while Isis is from a far older
So…what do they really have in common???
She was the flesh and blood historical mother of the historical flesh and blood Jesus Christ, the savior of mankind.
Plutarch’s “Isis and Osiris” 12
“The Way to Eternity” by Fergus Fleming, Alan Lothian and Dr, Joann Fletcher (consultant), 24-25, 58-59
“The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology” by Arthur Cotterell and Rachel Storm, 290 (see also 74-75, 79
“Titans and Olympians” by Tony Allan, Sarah Maitland and Dr. Michael Trapp (consultant), 79-80
“The Penguin Dictionary of Classical Mythology” by Pierre Grimal, 64, 314
“In the Footsteps of Jesus” (A National Geographic Book) by Jean-Pierre Isbouts, 86-87, 90
“Nelson’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Bible” edited by John Drane, 96
“Miracles of Mary: Apparitions, Legends, and Miraculous Works of the Blessed Virgin Mary” by Michael S. Durham.