Written By Thomas Perez. August 27, 2016 at 9:17PM. Copyright 2016.
Thus far we have learned about Hinduism, their sacred texts and the alleged borrowing or plagiarizing from Christianity as proven to be unfounded. Let us now look into three other figures of antiquity.
Three Figures of Antiquity Examined:
1. Buddha – Born between the 6th and 4th centuries. Scholars place his death at 545BC-544BC. Other Scholars place his death at 486BC-383BC. It is said that the Buddha attained full buddhahood, which means an awakened one or an enlightened one. But his followers only memorized what he said by oral tradition and then first committed it into writing 400 years after his death. That would place their writings between either the 2nd cent or 3rd cent AD.
Moreover, gleamings of Buddhism is seen in the Gnosticism of the Manicheans. But that too is of a later date, 2nd cent AD to be exact. Which means the Buddhist could have said and plagiarize anything they wanted to from Christianity if it had an appeal to them at that time, while the Gnostics could of borrowed from Buddhism in the 2nd cent. After all, their teachings were similar to the Buddhist phrase of “enligntenment” and “self attained knowledge.” However, if the 545-544BC death is correct, then that would place their writings at about the 2nd cent AD. With that said, we don’t need to go into the Buddha narative story and try to find similarities between him and Jesus. It is blatantly obvious by the 500 years of elapsed time that such plagiarizing took place during Jesus’ 18 years of silence – perhaps He was teaching in the far East during the silent years of absence found in the New Testament and that is where such plagiaring began. Or, the plagiaring could of taken place in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, after Jesus’ Earthly ministry.
2. Salivahana – the legendary emperor of ancient India. Believed to be based on a Salivahanian king or kings. However, there are contradictions concerning him. Some associate him with another legendary King named Vikramaditya of Uj Jain. In other legends he is the enemy of Vikramaditya. The Salivahana legend, or era, started in the year 78AD. But that story is found in the kanada language, Udbhatakavya by Somaraja in 1222AD. Others suggest 1251AD-1300AD. And this information is found in the ‘Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bombay,’ pages 42-43., and ‘Indian Epigraphy By D.C. Sircar, pages 262-266.
Moreover, they are based upon the exploits of multiple kings. And in the Bhavishya Purana, Salivahana met Jesus Christ and bowed down to Him. Moreover, the passages of Jesus Christ was inserted by an employee of the Venkatesvara Press in 1897. This evidence is found in, ‘Rethinking India’s oral and Classical Epics,’ University of Chicago Press; pages 254-275. The name Vikramaditya means “sun of Valor.” And he is found in the Jain legends that date from 1127AD-1442AD. Obviously, the borrowing is from Salivahanaism.
3. Zoroaster – As in Zoroastrianism. Born between 1700-1200BC. But many scholars such as Mary Boyce have changed their position to the more traditional date between 628BC and 551BC. The sacred text of Zoroastrianism are the Avesta and the Gathas. The Avesta exist only in one master copy produced by the Sasanian Empire of 224AD-651AD. The alphabets in the text confirm this. The only Avestan language found and dated is from 1323AD. However, it’s legends are pre-Sasanian. But unfortunately there is no proof of this. It dates from many different periods and vary widely in character.
Zoroasterianism became the official state religion and held sway from North India to Greece and Egypt; especially through the Persian Empire. When Alexander the Great conquered Persia, the Zoroasterian texts referred to him as the “Accused One.” While in the west he is referred to as the “Great One.” When the West expanded under Roman rule after Alexander; some say that the Jews and Christians were aware and influenced by Zoroasterian teaching; especially on the resurrection, Heaven, Hell and aspects of the Saviour’s imagery. But this is highly impossible due to the fact that scholars can not make up their minds as to the date of Zoroaster’s life. Like I said before, some believe him to have lived between 1700-1200 BC. If that is the case, his contemporaries would of been either Moses, Joshua, or the some of the Judges. But if he lived between 628-551BC then his contemporaries would of been Jeremiah, with Isaiah before him (Jeremiah) – accounting for the 3 different Isaiah authors. All of them make mention of a Messiah, a resurrection and a final judgment.
Between the two dates, it is highly probable that Zoroaster lived between 628-551BC. Herodotus, who lived in the fifth century, makes no mention or reference about him in his treatise on Medo-Persian religions. However, Plato makes mention of him in his Alcibiades. But again, the only source/story we have for Zoroaster is the Avesta which dates to the 13th century AD. Therefore, the presupposition of the alleged borrowing from Zoroasterianism conducted by Christianity is unfounded and can not be proven simply on the merit of Zoroaster’s date of existence and their sacred texts known as the Avesta.
In this article we have seen dates that range from as early as 1700BC to as late as 78AD. We have also seen dates in Part 1 that range from as early as 1200BC to as late as 100BC. And not on one occasion can plagiarizing be found. With that said, what was happening in other regions much earlier than those we have looked upon thus far? Enter the Ancient Egyptians.
To Be Continued in Part 3.