Monday, July 25, 2011

Solar Imagery of the Proto-Gospel

This stone ossuary used for secondary burial of bones
dates to the Second Temple. Note the 6-prong solar image.

Alice C. Linsley

To better understand the roots of Christianity, we must investigate the point of origin of Messianic expectation deep in antiquity. The Messianic Tradition is the heart of the Christian Faith. That Tradition has features that have been identified and which make Christianity unique among the world's religions.

An investigation int o the roots of the Messianic Faith will take us to Abraham and his Nilo-Saharan ancestors for whom the Sun was an emblem of the Creator and his son Horus. This means we must to go back to at least 4000 B.C., to the oldest known shrine cities of the Horite Hebrew at Nekhen and Nekheb on the Nile.

Votive offerings at the Nekhen temple were ten times larger than the normal mace heads and bowls found elsewhere, suggesting that this was a very prestigious shrine. The temple was a large structure, fronted by huge cedar timber pillars, and it was to become the prototype for temple architecture for many millennia.

Horite priests placed invocations to Ra and Horus at the summit of the fortress as the sun rose. The primary orientation for the Hebrew and other biblical peoples of the Ancient Near East was east. The Hebrew word for East is קדם (qedem, Strong’s #6924), from the root word קדם (Q.D.M, Strong’s #6923) meaning "to meet," and the rising sun is "met" each morning facing the east.

Prayers were offered at dawn. This practice continued throughout dynastic Egypt. Moses was told to meet the king early in the morning as he was going down to the Nile to pray.

Obviously, the relationship of the divine Father and the divine Son is central to the Christian Faith, but is subsumed to the cult of YHWH by a late hand on the books of Genesis and Exodus. YHWH has no son. Therefore, we find the introduction of a new idea about God, one that expresses the Jewish understanding of God and is removed from the Proto-Gospel with its understanding of the divine Father and divine Son.

Messianic references are found throughout the Bible, and the kinship pattern of the Messiah's people is consistent from Genesis to the Gospels, but the Messianic Faith of Abraham and his Nilotic ancestors becomes suppressed under the final hand of rabbinic Judaism in which there is no Son of God.

John's Gospel seeks to correct this. John explains that the purpose of writing is "that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God." (John 20:31) Likewise, Martha professes that Jesus is Messiah, the Son of God (John 11:27), and John the Baptist bears witness that Jesus is the Son of God (John 1:34).

There are competing narratives in Genesis that produce contextual incongruities. Nevertheless, we know which is the older tradition. It is the one which speaks of the "Seed" of God (Gen. 3:15) coming into the world and trampling down the serpent. The work published at JUST GENESIS attempts to reconnect Christianity to that older Tradition. We discuss this at The Bible and Anthropology Forum here, for those interested.

The ancient Horite Hebrew knew the Father and the Son from the Nile to the Orontes and the Tigris and Euphrates. Among the Nilotes, the father was called Ra and the son Horus. Among the Akkadians, the father was called Ani and the son Enki.

So, this aspect of Christianity did not originate with the Jews and it did not originate with the Disciples. It developed organically from deep roots. Therfore, it is nonsense to speak of Christianity as an invention. It is not a synthetic religion which cobbles together beliefs and ideas according to the spirit of the age. Rather, Christianity emerges out of a belief that God made a promise a long time ago to a certain people living in a place called "Eden" and that He has been busy fulfilling the Edenic Promise (Gen. 3:15) in the God-Man Jesus Christ.

Most people think of Christianity as an off-shoot of Judaism, but the core belief that God would take on flesh, die and rise again were already evident among Abraham’s Horite Hebrew people who understood the dying and rising of God in terms of the Sun’s rising and setting. They did not worship the Sun as is erroneously stated in some books on ancient civilizations. Rather the Sun served as the best analogy for the Creator who ruled over the whole world.

The swelling of the sun speaks of God's greatness and sovereignty. The Arabic yakburu means “he is getting big” and with the intensive active prefix: yukabbiru means "he is enlarging." Such would have been the observation of the Horite Hebrew priests who greeted the rising sun and watched as it expanded across the horizon. This is the likely origin of the Hindu Sun blessing ritual (Agnihotra) and the Jewish Sun blessing (Birka Hachama) performed every 28 years.
The sun is to the moon what the male is to the female, superior in size and strength. This is characteristic of the binary distinctions of the Horite Hebrew worldview and it is offensive to many in our egalitarian society.

What Jews in Jesus’ day believed and practiced emerged from the tradition that they received from their horim, their ancestors. The elements of this tradition align with the ancient Nilotic beliefs surrounding HR (Hor/Hur/Horus) who appears on ancient steles and monuments as a falcon-headed man or as a falcon flying above the Sun on his Father's solar boat, as shown below.

At the Horite temple in the Delta city of Behdet (Damnhour) Horus was represented by a winged Sun disk. The name Damnhour means "town of Horus" and derives from the ancient Egyptian dmi-Hor.

Aspects of the ancient solar symbolism are found in the Bible and in historical texts. Psalm 92:2 describes the Lord as “a sun and a shield.” The Victory Tablet of Amenhotep III describes Horus as “The Good God, Golden [Horus], Shining in the chariot, like the rising of the sun; great in strength, strong in might…” (Tablet of Victory of Amenhotep III, J.H. Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, Part Two, p. 854).

Horus was the guardian of the ancient Egyptian and Kushite kings from as early as 4000 B.C. The kings were perceived to be the representatives on earth of the Ruler of the universe, the “sons” of God. From the earliest Dynastic Period, the king's name was written in the rectangular device called a serekh, which depicted a falcon perched on a palace façade. Horus as guardian and deity was manifest within the palaces and the shrines as the king himself. The king’s “horus name” was associated with gold and the sun which is the meaning of the title “Golden Horus” in which a falcon appears on the hieroglyphic sign for gold.

Horus was sometimes shown with the sun as his right eye and the moon as his left. The right eye was the one with which he saw all things, but his left eye was weaker, having been injured in combat. This reflects the binary distinctions which characterize the Messianic Faith as it is revealed in the Bible. In this view, one entity of the binary set is superior to the other in an obvious way. The Sun is superior to the Moon (Genesis 1) because it is the greater light. The Moon's light is refulgent. The male is larger and stronger than the female.

The Sun was assigned a masculine gender and was greater than the Moon which was assigned a feminine gender. This pattern was modeled on earth by the kings and their queens. The kings appeared with skin darkened by the Sun. Their queens appeared with white skin, representing the Moon.

The binary distinctions of the Horite Hebrew were based on observable patterns in nature. By observing celestial and earthly patterns they recognized that one of the entities in the binary set is superior to its other in visible ways. Thus the worldview of the Bible is binary, not dualistic.

Religious traditions such as that of the Horite Hebrew develop in a traceable way from great antiquity. Such traditions are passed down through families, clans and tribes. The core belief of Christianity concerning the Son of God can be traced to Abraham and his Horite Hebrew ancestors, long before Judaism. In this sense, Christianity isn't original, but what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in antiquity and herein rests its authority.

Related reading:  The Urheimat of the Canaanite YCelestial Symbols that Speak of God; Was Abraham an Idol Worshipper?; The Sun and the Moon in Genesis; Who Were the Horites; Of Dung Beetles and Red Herrings; A Tent for the Sun; Boats and Cows of the Nilo-Saharans

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