So…was Jesus nothing more than Serapis repackaged?
Nope, and we can see why if we look at their so-called “parallels”
The Apis Bull, which was one of the gods that went into the Amalgam of Serapis, was said to be born of a virgin cow. However, the myth states that Ptah inseminated the cow, meaning that his sperm went into it.
Gross out moment.
Not much of a virgin...
No, wore a basket or a modius, the latter a device designed to measure corn.
Looks like Jesus?
A lot of men had beards, mustaches and long hair in the ancient world. Numerous gods were likewise depicted as having long hair, beards and mustaches. Zeus,
Called “the Good Shepherd”?
Serapis was indeed the god of healing, but all gods had the power to heal.
Christians borrowed religious practices (Bells, music, etc).
No evidence for that claim.
Serapis was a
Jesus is referred to as a lamb METAPHORICALLY, as opposed to the Apis Bull, which was a bull thought to be the incarnate Ptah and Osiris (and later Serapis). Indeed, the Apis Bull usually died of old age. However,
Serapis and Jesus sacrificed yearly?
No, Jesus was only sacrificed once. Just because we honor his death and resurrection every year doesn’t mean that we think Jesus literally dies and resurrects
Died for our sins?
Nope, Serapis didn’t die for our sins.
Jesus, however, did.
Didn’t the Roman Emperor Hadrian call followers of Serapis “Christians”?
No, and here is why.
There is a letter that was supposedly written by Hadrian, which at first seems to indicate
Serapis also called Christ?
There are some who say that the Latin name “Chrestus” was another name for Serapis. Some who haven’t studied enough will even claim that Chrestus and the name “Christus”, the Latin version of the Greek “Christos” (where we get
However, this is a big load of bull.
And I don’t mean Apis.
Let alone Christ.
“Zondervan NIV Exhaustive Concordance: 2nd Edition” by Edward W. Goodrick and John R. Kohlenberger III, 198, 1603 (see also 1447 afterwards)
“The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology” by Arthur Cotterell and Rachel Storm, 268, 310
Plutarch, “Isis and Osiris” 12