14 and enrollments in individual provinces of those who are not Roman citizens are also attested, such a universal census of the Roman world under Caesar Augustus is unknown outside the New Testament. The title christos, “Christ,” is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew māšîaḥ, “Messiah,” “anointed one.” Among certain groups in first-century Palestinian Judaism, the title was applied to an expected royal leader from the line of David who would restore the kingdom to Israel (see Acts 1:6).
If Quirinius had been legate of Syria previously, it would have to have been before 10 B. In the New Testament it is also applied to Yahweh, as it is in the Old Testament.
I recently watched the documentary Zeitgeist (Part 1) as well as Bill Maher’s movie Religulous.
Both made mention of claims often made that there are many stories that predate Jesus but have striking parallels.
There was no jar for the heart: the Egyptians believed it to be the seat of the soul, and so it was left inside the body.
In the Middle Kingdom inscriptions became more usual, and the lids were often in the form of human heads.
By the Nineteenth dynasty each of the four lids depicted one of the four sons of Horus, as guardians of the organs.
I decided to follow up on these claims and see what kind of information was out there to substantiate these assertions.
I found several websites run by Christians who obviously disputed all claims of any parallels to the life of Jesus.