The ten original lectures by Gerald Massey are presented here complete - together they offer the reader profound and detailed accounts of ancient Egypt, early Christian myths, and Gnosticism.
Although never a major figure in the scholarly establishment, Gerald Massey was a prolific author who spent his many years studying Ancient Egyptian history, society and hieroglyphics. Struck by what he perceived to be similarities between ancient Egyptian mythological lore, and the writings of Christianity, Massey authored these lectures as part of his attempts to draw comparisons.
The resulting lectures were delivered in London in the late 19th century. In them, Massey notes numerous similarities between the New Testament Gospels and the Book of Horus; the incidence of wise men, healing of the sick; resurrection; and the symbol of the cross occur in the earlier Egyptian texts. These and other instances led Massey to conclude that the story of Christ in the Gospels was at least partly inspired by the mythological lore of Ancient Egypt - and that Jesus Christ is, essentially, based upon the Egyptian God Horus.
Most modern scholars and historians of theology are dismissive of Massey's lectures, and the views of Massey remain obscure in the modern day. However, Gerald Massey took pride in noting the veracity of the hieroglyphic translations of his contemporaries in the British Museum, and the series of arguments he details in his lectures have since influenced other authors and intellectuals who found them of value.