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Jesus & Odin Parallels - A Christian Response

Odin is a Norse god, the father of Balder, and Wednesday is named after him (Wodan).  He was apparently hung on a tree and pierced with a spear, as Jesus was.  However, scholars believe his story dates to no earlier than the 6th century A.D., though his story may have been inspired by the Roman god Mercury.  The earliest writings we have concerning Wodan date to around 950 A.D., over 900 years after Jesus' time.  Therefore, there's no evidence that his story influenced Jesus'.  Also, unlike Jesus, Odin didn't die in his crucifixion, but hung there for over a week before getting down.  He was eventually eaten by a wolf.

Links:
Norse Mythology: Odin
Enyclopedia Mythica: Odin
Wikipedia: Odin

 

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