Dating the birth of jesus christ
Mithras is often represented as carrying a lamb on his shoulders, just as Jesus is. The virgin mother..easily merged with the virgin mother Mary.Petra, the sacred rock of Mithraism, became Peter, the foundation of the Christian Church." Gerald Berry, "Mithra or Mitra is...worshipped as Itu (Mitra-Mitu-Itu) in every house of the Hindus in India.(Legge, II, 240) By the Roman legionnaires, Mithra—or , as he began to be known in the Greco-Roman world—was called "the divine Sun, the Unconquered Sun." He was said to be "Mighty in strength, mighty ruler, greatest king of gods! " Mithra was also deemed "the mediator" between heaven and earth, a role often ascribed to the god of the sun. Flavius Hyginus" dating to around 80 to 100 AD/CE in Rome dedicates an altar to "Sol Invictus Mithras"—"The Unconquered Sun Mithra"—revealing the hybridization reflected in other artifacts and myths. The religion eventually migrated from Asia Minor through the soldiers, many of whom had been citizens of the region, into Rome and the far reaches of the Empire.Syrian merchants brought Mithraism to the major cities, such as Alexandria, Rome and Carthage, while captives carried it to the countryside.
Over the preceding centuries, the famous church had been destroyed and rebuilt so many times that experts were left unsure about whether the tomb had been moved and what it might contain.(Schironi, 104) His worship purified and freed the devotee from sin and disease.Eventually, Mithra became more militant, and he is best known as a warrior.By around 1500 , Mitra worship had made it to the Near East, in the Indian kingdom of the Mitanni, who at that time occupied Assyria.Mitra worship, however, was known also by that time as far west as the Hittite kingdom, only a few hundred miles east of the Mediterranean, as is evidenced by the Hittite-Mitanni tablets found at Bogaz-Köy in what is now Turkey.