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To: alt.atheism,alt.religion.christian,talk.atheism,,talk.religion.misc
From: "DaHeretic" 
Subject: Re: Journey of the Magi
Date: 23 Dec 1996 03:19:53 GMT

Hi Gerry, to clarify the first line, there are works of
"scripture" pertaining to YAHWEH and Jesus other than 
those in the "officially" recognized Bible.  For instance,
there is the Gospel of Mary, and, as recounted in my
first sentence, the Protevangelion.. which is yet another
telling of the birth of Jesus.  That books specifically makes
a connection between the predictions of Zoroaster and the
"Star of Bethlehem."  Indeed, the term "magi" is Persian,
and refers to the priests of the Zoroastrian religion.

Of Zoroaster is a symbolic name, the "aster" may have
a root in Astrau, which, if memory serves, is a Sumerian
deity.. and, I think, female in character.

Concerning Jesus, there is an incredible resemblance between
his story and that of Mithras, the son of the God of Zoroaster,
Ahura Mazda.  His "birthday" under the Julian calendar was
December 25 (now, our Dec 21).. and he was equated with
the "return" of the sun, and his birthdate, obviously, the same
date as the Solstice, which is celebrated throughout various
cultures through an anthropomorphism deity or demi-god. 

If one wished to tackle these scriptures and beliefs on the
level of myth, there is certainly a strong resemblance between
them.. and perhaps intentionally so.  Did these beliefs and
legends develop coincidentally, or were they diffused from
one central source?  If so, what was that source (Spiritual?
Migration?  Trade?)

Gerry Palo  wrote in article
> In article <01bbef10$65a13700$4df55ecf@default>,
> DaHeretic  wrote:
> >Unless of course you are reading the Protevangelion (apocrypha),
> >in which it is acknowledged this is the star prophecy of
> >Zoroaster.. in which case you have a marriage of Mithras and
> >Jesus in the same story.  Strangely enough, if you have read
> >the Koran, this seems to be the story they are far more
> >familiar with than the one in the accepted Bible.

I don't know what the antecedent to he first sentence is supposed to be, 
> but the connection to Zoroaster is interesting. 

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