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Iu-em-hept (Imhotep) son of Ptah
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Tim,

I found the article you quoted. It is by the 19th Century intellectual Gerald Massey:

http://www.gerald-massey.org.uk/dpr_01_historical_jesus.htm

This article is published on a number of different sites, so it seems to be in the public domain.

The name Iu-em-hept is featured in the article. I assume this is a fuller form of the more famous Imhotep. It struck me that this name could also be abreviated as Iu-pt, and is the Old Kingdom source of the Libyan name Iuput. Iu-em-hotep would mean Iu (Ya/Ptah) is appeased. Imhotep, as the Old Kingdom incarnation of Thoth, is called the "son of Ptah". However, the form hept is also Greek for "seven", and seven is of course the number of Thoth.

Another interesting discussion in the article regards the slaying by Set of the serpent Apep/Apophis. Apophis/Pepi was actually a name of Horus the Elder who was killed by Set, and was later referred to as "Horus which is in Osiris".

In 1 Samuel 15, the New Kingdom pharaoah Apophis II is called Agag, "flame". Another Semitic form was Adad, the "fierce" and "beloved" storm god, the Sumerian Ishkur. The Hurrian equivalent was Indra, meaning "lord" and connoting "flame" (Sanskrit Indh). The name Indra might also encode that the elder Horus was heir of Atum/Dan's male line, which continued through the younger Horus, or Khem-Horus (Ham/Benjamin).

Massey also calls the Apophis/Apep by the name Haber. This is a very curious and Semitic sounding name also. Haber appears to be a varient of Eber/Heber (Moses). The prince of Egypt Moses (Au-ib-re Hor) was first typecast as a younger Horus, sired by a Joseph-figure (Inyotef IV), hidden as a baby, but then raised as the heir of another prince (Amenemhet II) in the role of the elder Horus. However, after blinding a rival (Khendjer), Moses fled like a serpent across the Euphrates river and took refuge in Babylon.

A last point of interest, Massey gives the name MERI (Sumerian?) as equivalent to "the Lady of Heaven". This is also the definition of the name Inanna (Isis/Ishtar).

Massey uses the name Seb, which is an older spelling of Geb. Elsewhere, it is also sometimes spelled Qeb.

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