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The "Spear" in Alexander's Side
In Response To: Re: The Passion of Alexander ()

One of the salient features of Alexander's death was the stabbing pain that he felt in his abdomen, probably a "side-effect" of strychnine poisoning. A bodily piercing was of course a general aspect of the death of an Osiris figure (as evidenced by the Psalm, "they look upon me, whom they have pierced"), but an excruciating infliction specifically to the side of the sacrificial victim appears to be an evolution of the "Osiris passion" deriving from Alexander's murder.

Again, this is jumping the gun somewhat. I think we will be better able to analyze this later.

Another feature of the crucifixion I'm interested in researching is the presence of three messiah figures on the cross and not just a single "Osiris". The death of Tutankhamun (Elisha) is certainly one basis, if not the primary one, in that Tut was murdered at the same time as another youthful messiah-figure, Harsiese B (Joash). But, I'm not yet sure who the third prince would have been that was attacked and died during that time period. Possibly the third is Smenkhkare (Elijah) or Panehesy (Jeroboam), but neither of their deaths were technically coincident with Tut and Harsiese. (Only in the Greek memory did "Polyneices"/Panehesy die along with "Eteocles"/Tut.)

Charles Wilson thinks that the three on the cross represented the three predecessors of Vespatian and Titus. At first I rejected the notion, but upon further consideration I think that this does have merit in the sense that the campaign of Titus was also projected backward onto the "ministry of Jesus". Yet, it would make even more sense if there was a clear precedent from earlier royal history of a trio of Osiris figures or even a quartet. In the Gospels, only three "false Messiahs" die on the cross. The "real Jesus" was likely spared from drinking the cup of this ordeal.