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My opinions may contradict what other Christians believe, but many of my arguments are also based on arguments given by a variety of Christian sources. I especially owe a debt of gratitude to the writings of Glenn Miller, J.P. Holding, Paul Maier, Grant R. Jeffrey, Lee Strobel, and Gerald Schroeder.
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Jesus & Zalmoxis Parallels - a Christian Response
The Zalmoxis story was written by Herodotus around 440 B.C., so, yes, it does pre-date Christianity. Herodotus wrote that Zalmoxis was a man who pulled a fast one on the "poor, ignorant" Thracians. According to Herodotus, Zalmoxis preached to them while building an underground chamber, which he eventually disappeared into. The Thracians "regretted his loss, and mourned over him as one dead". After three years, Zalmoxis emerged from his chamber, making them think he'd come back from the dead. Since this story was one of mere trickery and did not involve any sort of actual physical resurrection, any comparisons to Jesus are pretty minor. One Christ-myther told me that Zalmoxis was crucified, but when I asked him to provide evidence for this, he said he couldn't find any and agreed that he was mistaken in saying it.
Zalmoxis: God of the Gatae
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