Osiris (Asar) was born as a human Nubian in Thebes, later elevated to a god-king, and following his death became the African savior-god. Teachings written on Egyptian columns tell us that this first Ethiopian/Nubian…
…king was an Anu because he helped create all the elements of Egyptian civilization.
He and Queen Isis led colonists up the Nile River, settled in Egypt, and became Egypts first King and Queen. Their existence time period has varied from 5500 B.C. to 10,000 B.C. (Ashby, African Origins, p. 122, 266, 321, 411). In the process, they taught the people agriculture and crafts, established codes of law, and set up a religion to worship the Supreme Being in the form of Ra.
Furthermore, the king and queens position between humanity and the gods means they could partake of both worlds. Their supernatural aspects were in a solar cycle and modeled on the mathematical alternations of night and day. This gave them the generally beneficent functions of the sun, the Nile River, and the north wind. Out of these aspects sprang all the principles used thousands of years prior to Jesus bringing the identical Gods message to this troubled world.
Because the Egyptians conceived of the cosmos as being surrounded by disorder, it was each kings job to keep disorder at bay by retaining the benevolence of the gods while the people were on the way to salvation. Based on this concept, there were a large number of savior-gods. However, Osiris contributed more details to the evolving Jesus Christ figure than any other. For example, Diop says Osiris is the god who, three thousand years before Christ, dies and rises from the dead to save men.
He is humanitys god of redemption; he ascends to heaven to sit at the right hand of his father, the great god, Ra. He is the son of God. Walker (Womens Encyclopedia, p. 749) added that after suffering, this god-man reigned eternally in heaven and served as the model for how men and women could be born again so as to inherit eternal life. Having the belief that no creature can attain a higher nature without ceasing to exist, Osiris resurrection from death and then rebirth was about regeneration (Ashby, p. 566).
Nevertheless, like Jesus, Osiris was believed to have a divine birth (Bynum, African Unconsciousness, p. 241) by a virgin mother. His coming was announced by Three Wise Men: the three stars Mintaka, Anilam, and Alnitak in the belt of Orio, which point directly to Osiris’s star in the east, Sirius (Sothis), significator of his birth. Angelic voices hailed the coming of the Universal Lord on this occasion, which marked the rising of the Nile flood (Walker, p. 749). Nevertheless, Osiris was a prototypical Messiah.
As in some of todays Christian religions, His flesh was symbolically eaten in the form of communion cakes of wheat, the plant of truth. Since Osiris was Truth, those who symbolically ate him became Truth also. The cult of Osiris contributed greatly to the Bible. The 23rd Psalm copied the Egyptian text appealing to Osiris, the Good Shepherd, to lead the deceased to the green pastures and still waters of the nefer-nefer land (good womb and beautiful existence), to restore the soul to the body, and to give protection in the valley of the shadow of death (the Tuat or underworld).
The reason most African American slaves refused to believe the biblical interpretations wickedly conveyed to them by the European captors and, instead, lived by the works of John (e.g. 12:24, 14:2) was because these words of Jesus were taken from the pre-existing Osirian doctrines and texts. The ancient Greeks made Dionysus the Replica of Osiris (Diop, p. 92) and the Christian bishops crosier is the replica of the Osirian shepherd-crook (Walker, p.750). Oriental paths of the Osirian tradition may be traced in Tibet.
Joseph A. Bailey, II, M.D