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29 April, 2009

Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection

Book Review by Joan d’Arc

Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection, by D. M. Murdock and

The boat of Afu-Ra glides silently in the black eternal waters of the Amduat. In front the goddess Isis, her arms outstretched in cruciform (as a cross), conducts her son, the Sun God Horus, with his 12 dead assistants — the major stars of the night sky — to new life in the daily rebirth of the morning sun. This is the powerful imagery conjured by D. M. Murdock (aka Acharya S.) in her new book, Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection.

Where does the sun go when it goes down under the world? The Egyptians had it all figured out in books like The Pyramid Texts and The Book of the Dead. The Book of Portals recounts the sun’s passage at night through the 12 gates, which are also the night hours. The Sun Boat of the Creator, the one who “crosses over” the heavens each day for 12 hours, also passes through the underworld each night for 12 hours, accompanied by his 12 assistants or helpers. According to Murdock, this is the derivation of the 12 disciples of the Christ mythos.

Murdock contends that the Gnostics of Alexandria, in fact, created the imagery of Jesus on the cross, derived from the Egyptian god Horus. The task of the Gnostic Horos was to separate the upper from the lower, the saved from the fallen, the light from the dark. This task was accomplished by the Sun God Horus and his 12 assistants, the Egyptian Ennead.

The 12 are sometimes companions of the Father, Osiris, and at other times Horus is one of the 12 in the presence of the Father. This is mindful of Jesus being God and not God, both the Sun and the Son (a quandary the nuns could never quite answer to my liking). The 12 assistants are simply the signs of the zodiac, which Murdock tells us were alive and well in Egypt, being derived from the symbols for the Egyptian months, as follows:

1. The ram-headed Amun with the constellation of Aries
2. Osiris the “Bull of Eternity,” with the sign of Taurus
3. The Twin god of Set-Horus with Gemini
4. The beetleheaded Kheper-Ptah with the sign of the Beetle, which was later the Crab of Cancer
5. The lion-faced Atum with the sign of Leo
6. The Virgin Neith with the constellation of Virgo
7. “Har-Makhu of the Scales” equivalent to the sign of Libra
8. Isis-Serqet, the scorpion goddess, with the sign of Scorpio
9. Shu and Tefnut “figured as the Archer” with the sign of Sagittarius
10. Khnum, the goat-headed, with the sign of Capricorn
11. Menat/Hathor, the “divine wetnurse,” with the sign of Aquarius
12. Horus of the two crocodiles with the sign of Pisces

As Murdock explains, Christianity was created by Gnostics in Alexandria and then the Christians later came back and burned it all down, sacked the city, killed thousands of people, and covered up the tracks of its creation. The tale of Jesus and Satan is the same astrotheological epic drama told in Egypt. For instance, Set is the serpent, the “Prince of Darkness,” and all things “Satan.” Horus is the “Prince of Light,” the KRST, or the Christ (meaning “anointed one”).

Interestingly as well, the story of Lazarus in the Gospel of John was taken directly from sources like the Pyramid Texts and the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Horus was known as the anointed one, the “standing mummy” symbol of Egyptian hieroglyphs: the mummy come back to life. The Egyptian religion was all about being prepared for death and rebirth, as is the Christian religion today, only today prepping doesn’t involve the oil and rags of mummification.

Murdock proves with historical sources that Jesus was not born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem, but was born of the Virgin Isis in Egyptian mythology. Some of the correspondences she makes between Jesus and Horus are as follows:

· Horus was born on "December 25th" (winter solstice) in a manger.
· He was of royal descent, and his mother was the "virgin Isis-Mery."
· Horus's birth was announced by a star in the East and attended by three "wise men."
· At age 12, he was a child teacher in the Temple, and at 30, he was baptized.
· Horus was baptized by "Anup the Baptizer," who was decapitated.
· The Egyptian god had 12 companions, helpers or disciples.
· Horus performed miracles, exorcised demons and raised Osiris from the dead.
· The god walked on water.
· Horus was "crucified" between two "thieves."
· He (or Osiris) was buried for three days in a tomb and resurrected.
· Horus/Osiris was also the "Way, the Truth, the Life," "Messiah," the "Son of Man," the "Good Shepherd," the "Lamb of God," the "Word made flesh," the "Word of Truth," etc.
· Horus's personal epithet was "Iusa," the "ever-becoming son" of the Father. He was called "Holy Child," as well as "the Anointed One," while Osiris was the KRST.
· Horus battled with the "evil one," Set/Seth.
· Horus was to reign for one thousand years.

I have always been wowed by Ms. Murdock’s work, but this time she has outdone herself and has created a 574 page masterpiece that I’m sure will become a classic in religious studies. But even better, Acharya S. makes it really exciting to be an atheist. I would say she’s the goddess of the godless. I’m ever thankful she’s got my back.


  1. I'm going to exploit the interactivity of blogs to ask a few questions about this book. Aside from the narrative of Jesus' life, the new testament contains his "teachings," such as parables. Are the sources of these analyzed, too? What conclusions does she draw? My interest is that from time to time people have noted that specific maxims or teachings show up B.C. India, Egypt or Mesopotamia. Also, I'm a little curious about the change from a pseudonym, which was once a point of criticism by academics.
    -- MR in IN

  2. Hello. thanks for your questions. I have passed this along to Ms. Murdock for her answer. I'll get back to you on it.

  3. Wow! You're in personal contact with her! Amazing! Thanks!

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  5. Yes, I've known her many years. I'm trying to find out about the parables, but she said this about the pseudonym ; )

    My name change had nothing to do with any criticism, because I really don't give a hoot about these lame "academics" who allow me to take all the heat while they hide in their hallowed halls.

    Oh, but it reminds me that one "loyal fan" of mine had to complain about YOUR pseudonym, which he said prevented him from reading your review.

  6. I highly recommend you get the book. It has an enormous index in the back. I looked for the word parables and it's not there, so that's why I have to ask her. I don't recall reading anything about the parables, but she does go into the derivation of ideas like walking on water, three days in the tomb, virgin born gods and heroes, nativity scenes. You will not be disappointed that you bought this book.

  7. Ok, I got the answer on that: "I discuss the "sayings of the Lord" in my other books. They are strung together from various older texts, such as the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Old Testament, Stoic literature, intertestamental and apocryphal texts, etc. Gerald Massey is probably a good place to look for specifics."


  9. Thanks Damien. She sources Massey in her books quite a bit. I've never read Massey. Probably a good idea to start tho. This material is fascinating for the layers of mind control you can begin to peel off. Or in Bible-speak, you can see where the 'wool' was pulled over our eyes.

  10. Most definitely. I haven't read much of Massey either and his uncovering of the Egyptian-christian connection. Ms. Murdock's book sounds like a quality contribution to this field of study. I once read "Aryan Sun Myths" by Morris which also deals with this general theme.

  11. Actually the book "Aryan Sun Myths" was written by Sarah E. Titcomb; Morris wrote the introduction.