NAZARITES: The Egyptian connection By Andre Austin “They depict Osiris by means of an eye…which indicates Forethought”-Plutarch Isis and Osiris Nelson’s New compact Illustrated Bible Dictionary information on Nazarite was very helpful for me in cracking its relation to the Egyptian religion. The Essenes-Therapeutae-Nazarenes were the bridge between the Old Testament, The New testament and the creation of Christianity. 1. Nazareth (Heb. “Watchtower” & “The brow of the Hill”. 2. Nazirites (Heb. “One consecrated” Nazir “set apart as sacred”) These were individuals separated to god’s service by a personal vow of longer or shorter duration. Paul was a Nazarite Acts 24:5; 18:18 and 21:23-26 First lets deal with the first definition. Brow is related to the eye like watchtower. Hills and mountains are associated with Pyramids. “The pyramid and eye still to be seen on the Great Seal of the United States and the dollar bill, were taken direct from Egypt”-Black Athena By Martin Bernal Volume 1 p.177. Nazareth wasn’t a City but an Egyptian concept. The earliest Gods in Egypt were portrayed with a pyramid and Falcoln. The eye was symbolic the sun/knowledge. The falcon is a symbol for the sun and light, because of its rapid flight and its ability to soar into the highest (tower/hill?) regions. Horus is represented by the falcon and right eye like that of Osiris see all things at all times. The eye is also represents the process of spiritual awareness –Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization Antony Browder p83 Horus was given the eye of the bird not its body “falcon-eyed Horus”- The Koran Abdullah Yusuf Ali Appendix V p409. So we can safely say Horus was like a “Watchtower” or “brow of the hill”. Horus is known as a “watcher” in the zodiac too. “When the year (of 360 days) had been divided into its 12 months and put under the zodiacal sign, each of the 12 was again divided into 3 parts, of 10 days each; and these 36 “decans” had 36 gods, or rulers, or dynasts, Watchers of the hours (“Horoscope” scope to see), servants or messengers. Horus himself in his holy name spelled with 36 letters. Horoscope comes from the name of Horus-Introduction to African Civilization By John Jackson p.143 In order to get to heaven you had to go up the pyramid. Its implied Jesus left for heaven from a mountain in Matthew 28:16-20. But before you went to heaven there was balance scales in the pyramid. Thoth/Hermes weighed your soul. Sometimes a jackal dog named Anubis would help Thoth. How does this relate to the Nazarites. Well for one Nazarites were associated with Judging in the Old Testament. Even Jesus said he was a Judge needing two witnesses. Secondly, Plutarch in his Isis and Osiris reports: “The facts are that they do not call the dog by the name Hermes as his proper name, but they bring into association with the most astute of their gods that animal’s watchfulness and wakefulness and wisdom”. These associations of Hermes/Thoth is very much related to the very definition to Nazareth and the falcon with an eye on a pyramid. A high degree Freemason by the name of Charles Taze Russell founded a Christian group called Jehovah’s Witnesses. He is also buried under a pyramid stone. They are related to the Egyptians in two ways. First Jehovah is an exclusive Egyptian term for god. Secondly the witnesses have a headquarters in NY called the “Watchtower” and they publish bi-weekly millions of copies of two magazines called “Watchtower” and “awake” two attributes Plutarch intimately connects to Thoth/Hermes. They probably favor Paul because Luke said in Acts 14:12 that Paul spoke like Hermes. Paul is one who reasons (wisdom) from the scriptures too in Acts 17:2-3. And some scholars say his writings (half of the New Testament) are similar to Hermes who is known as the word of God and invented writing. The second definition of Nazarites will take us back to the Old Testament Book of Numbers and some ancient writers. Josephus in The Antiquities of the Jews Book 4: Chapter 4 states that priests called Levites appointed sacrifices for the Nazarites who grew their hair for a period of time before they cut it all off and threw it into a fire which was symbolic of God. Moses said he saw god in the burning Bush. Levites also wrote laws in Leviticus on Cleanness how to deal with leprosy. Leprosy is a disease primarily affecting Black people. Levites were the lowest of three in Israel’s priesthood. But later, God chose the tribe of Levi to lead because they were the only tribe that stood with Moses against the people who worshiped the Golden calf (Exodus 32:25-29; Deut 10:6-9). Philo of Alexandra says the golden calf was the Egyptian Apis (Moses II 162-165). Herodotus called “Apis the sacred Egyptian Bull” Book 3:64 “The Egyptian connected Apis, both living and dead, with Osiris”-The Gods of the Egyptians By E.A Wallis Budge Volume 2 p.349. Pliny the Elder states “The Egyptians kill it by drowning it in the priests fountain, and, while lamenting this, they seek out a replacement. Until they find one they continue in mourning with their heads shaved” Natural History Book 8. So the Jews are punished for worshiping an Egyptian idol by elevating the Levites. Who are the Levites? “It is among the Levites, after all, that we find people with Egyptian names. The Levite names Moses, Hophni, and Phinehas are all Egyptian, not Hebrew”-Who Wrote the Bible by Richard Elliott Friedman p.82 Incidentally, the Egyptian King Akhenaton’s two highest priestly officials were Meryre II and Panehesy (Phinehas). Moses has two priest Merari (Genesis 46:11) and Phinehas (Exodus 6:25). I wonder why they are the same. Diodorus might provide us with the key and bridge between Nazarites and the Egyptians. Diodorus talks about when Osiris went on his travels/campaigns he would not cut his hair until he returned home. “In his company were also men who were experienced in agriculture, such as Maron in the cultivation of the vine, and Triptolemus in the sowing of grain and in every step in the harvesting of it. And when all his preparations had been completed Osiris made a vow to the gods that he would let his hair grow until his return to Egypt…and this is the reason why this custom with regard to their hair was observed among the Egyptians until recent times, and why those who journeyed abroad let their hair grow until their return home” Book 1:18. So we see clearly that growing his hair is connected to his separation to Egypt. Now that’s something because Numbers 6:7-8 states “The symbol of his separation to God is on his head”. Osiris took men with him to help assist the teaching mankind how to plant the vine and grow grain. With that said lets take it to the top with the book of Numbers. “The Lord said to Moses, Speak to the Israelites and say to them: If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of separation to the lord as a Nazirite, he must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or from other fermented drink. He must not drink grape juice or rasins. As long as he is a Nazirite, he must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, not even the seeds or skins. During the entire period of his vow of separation no razor may be used on his head. He must be holy until the period of his separation to the lord is over; he must let the hair of his head grow long”. After the period of separation is over “The Nazarite may drink wine” Numbers 6:20 Osiris vow and Nazarites are the same in three ways: 1. Vows made to god 2. To let hair grow 3. Until separations are over W. Wynn Westcott founder of a Hermetic group. He wrote in his book The Magical Mason, that the Freemason originates from the Essenes, the Pharisee (Levite) Jews, the ancient mystery schools of Egypt. Josephus stated in his writings that the Essenes and Pythagoreans had the same life style. Iamblichus wrote The life of Pythagoras They believed “mind sees and hears all” and that “they would watch for sunrise to pray to the sun as it rose”. Now the first quote I’m concerned with for it for Homer stated “Helios [sun] who sees all things and listens to all things” Odyssey 12:320.This is significant because Diodorus 1:11 claims Homer is referring to Osiris. “Osiris means, “many-eyed”, and properly so; for in shedding his rays in every direction he surveys with many eyes. And the words of the poet [Homer] are also in agreement”. Could it be possible that Osiris was the “watchtower” or the “Brow of the Hill”. Plutarch did say in Isis and Osiris “The Pythagorean precepts do not at all fall short of the writings that are called Hieroglyphs”. The Bible itself equates seeing with knowing. “If ye had known me, ye should have known my father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him” John 14:7 and again “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God” John 8:47. What Jesus said was the same that Homer and Pythagoras imitated from the ancient Egyptians. Students who seek knowledge are called pupils, a word related to the eyes. Brian Desborough wrote The Great Pyramid Mystery that Hermes, meant son of Ham/Cham meaning the “burnt one” and may have been connected to sun worship. However, there are credible alternative interpretations. Hermes the God who presides over language and words. The Egyptians celebrated two Hermes, the former of which is here signified by Iamblichus. This deity is the source of invention, and hence he is said to be the son of Maia; [one of 7 stars], because search , which is implied by Maia, leads invention into light. Diodorus called Hermes a terrestrial god.Hermes also invented geometry, lyre, pipes and reasoning. So we see how Hermes/Thoth is also connected to Osiris all see eye and the Nazarene “Watchtower” or “brow of the hill”. Hermes had a “high ground” too as a pillar/Hill. Greek homes had pillars of him set up in the front of their houses called Herms. Hermes father was Zeus/Amon. Egypt itself is connected with the eye. Plutarch states “Egypt, moreover, which has the blackest of soils, they call by the same name as the black portion of the eye. Chemia (Cham/Ham), and compare it to a heart”-Isis and Osiris. This is yet another link with the eye of Nazarite with the eye of Egypt. And lets not forget “according to the Egyptian texts he (Thoth) was the heart, i.e., the mind, and reason, and understanding of the god RA”-The Gods of the Egyptians Volume 1 p.415 I hope I’ve presented my case that convinces you that the Egyptians played a significant role in the Old and New Testament. We should not be surprised that the book of Numbers chapter 6 have many similarities in Osiris. Scholars have already documented the fact that Herodotus Book 2:151 resembles Numbers 7:1-88; which is just one book apart from which this essay is based on. You be the judge and figure it out with your own conclusions. Note: Herodotus 2:15 states there was a place in Egypt called “Watchtower”. I don’t know if this has anything to do with Nazarite or one of the seven wonders called the “lighthouse”. I find it interesting that “The group of stories that invoke the name of Yahweh [ An Egyptian word] are the stories of: Reuben Simeon [on is a word for sun] Levi [In Egypt there is a city of Mal-lawi (Mal-Levi) meaning The city of the Levites] Judah”- Who wrote The Bible p.63 The above 4 are four of twelve sons of Jacob. Martin Bernal states “Simeon is another name for African black”. He further on to note that “The idea that Jacob could have a son with the name ‘snub nose’ or ‘black’ is not shocking when one realizes that it is generally accepted that Pinhas, the name of a grandson of Aaron, come from the Egyptian P3 Nhsy (The Nubian or Black)”-Black Athena Volume 1 pp.600 and 619 When the ancient Jewish Historian Josephus (A.D. 37-100) wrote that “The Jews were originally Egyptians”-The Antiquities of the Jews Book 14 chapter 7:2, there is much weight to his statement.