The Greek God Serapis is Jesus in the Bible.
As a Greek Ruler in Egypt, Ptolemy I was faced with the dilemma of how he would appeal to native Egyptians whilst at the same time being respected as a Greek King by the Greeks who were settling in Egypt in increasing numbers especially after the establishment of the City Of Alexandria.
Ptolemy’s solution was to create a new Deity by combining the qualities of the Egyptian Neteru Deities Osiris and the Apis Bull to form the Deity Osirepis which was subsequently shortened to ‘Serapis’.
The image of Serapis resembled that of other Greek Gods like Zeus.
Serapis was distinguished by the grain-measure on his head.
Furthermore, Ptolemy I adopted the title ‘Soter’ meaning Saviour which made Serapis the Supreme God of Salvation in Ptolemaic Egypt.
The worship of the Greek God Serapis was widespread throughout the Hellenistic world, and the veneration of Serapis continued in the Roman period following the end of the Ptolemaic Dynasty after the death of Cleopatra.
How Serapis Became Jesus In The Bible
The Greek God Serapis became Jesus in the Bible after Emperor Constantine declared Christianity the official Religion of the Roman Empire.
The official Roman Declarations asserting that Serapis was Jesus in the Bible were made during various Ecclesiastical Councils during the Byzantine era of the Roman Empire.
These Ecclesiastical Councils which declared that Serapis was Jesus in the Bible were held at Nicea (325 AD), Constantinople (381 AD), Ephesus (431 AD), Chalcedon (451 AD), and at the Second Committee of Constantinople (553 AD).
It was at these Ecclesiastic Boards that official Christian doctrine declaring that the Greek God Serapis is the Jesus Christ of the Bible was created and spread throughout the Roman Empire as official Church doctrine.
The Jesus figure portrayed in the Bible can thus be viewed as an attempt to create a record of the life of the Greek God Serapis as a Christ Saviour on Earth.
The Egyptian roots of the Serapis Cult followed by its adoption by the Roman Empire which institutionalised Serapis worship through various Ecclesiastic Ordinances supported by the Flavian authored New Testament can help explain how the Greek God Serapis became Jesus in the Bible.
However, the development of a Human Jesus figure in the Bible as an evolution of the Serapis Cult in Byzantine Rome would lead to ongoing conflict as to the exact nature of Christ i.e. whether Jesus was pure Spirit or both Spirit and Flesh.
The Serapis Jesus of the Bible attempts to settle this debate by portraying Serapis Jesus Christ as both Man and Spirit.
Nevertheless, the debate on the exact nature of the Serapis Jesus Christ in the Bible would continue amongst early Christians and would eventually give birth to Islam following the decline of the Byzantine Empire.
Islam’s rise would be fuelled by the fact some Christians did not accept that Jesus was part Man but only recognised the Serapis Jesus in the Bible as pure Spirit.
This position was consistent with the initial Ancient Egyptian Ausarian Religion Concept of Christ used by Ptolemy I when the Greek God Serapis was first conceived based on the Ausarian Theology of the Nile Valley Civilization Ancient Egyptians of Kemet which treated the Egyptian Deity Osiris, the first Christ Figure in human history as pure Spirit and not a combination of both flesh and spirit as suggested by the Serapis Jesus in the Bible.
The same strategy used to create the Serapis Deity may also have been used in the creation of Islam as some Historians argue that Muhammad never existed and is a fictional literary character created to legitimise the new Religion of Islam after the fall of the Byzantine Eastern Roman Empire following the fall of Constantinople.