Some believe that the story of Dionysus is an adaptation of the Egyptian story of Horus / Osiris. This concept of God-becoming-man, being killed then hung on a tree, was well known to the non-Jews during the Roman Empire.
Jesus was also "hung on a tree"
practice similar to Christianity was the symbolic re-enactment of the
death of Osiris-Dionysus, in many areas using bread and wine to symbolise
the body and the blood; this was partly chosen due to the original nature
of the gods (for example, Dionysus was originally
associated with grapes). One surviving inscription regarding
this (and explicitly referring to a form of Osiris-Dionysus) states that
"he who will not eat of my body and drink of my blood, so
that he shall be made one with me and I with him, the same shall not know
Dionysus, a Greek God, and Osiris, an Egyptian God were viewed as mythical characters. Osiris may have been the first god-man. His story has been found recorded in pyramid texts which were written prior to 2,500 BCE. These and other saviors were truly interchangeable. Coins have been found with Dionysus on one side and Mithras on the other. A person who was initiated into one of the mysteries had no difficulty switching to another Pagan mystery religion.
In the 3rd century CE, these god-men were referred to by the composite name "Osiris-Dionysus." Authors Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy have used this term in their book "The Jesus Mysteries." 1
In the 3rd century
CE, these god-men were referred to by the composite name "Osiris-Dionysus."
Authors Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy have used this term in their book
"The Jesus Mysteries." 1
Life events shared
by Osiris, Dionysus and Jesus:
All of the Pagan myths had been circulating for centuries before Jesus birth (circa 4 to 7 BCE). It is obvious that if any copying occurred, it was the followers of Jesus incorporating into his biography the myths and legends of Osiris-Dionysus, not vice-versa.