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Alexander the Great's birth had been "immaculately conceived" and then "celestially announced." He was a precocious youth that confounded his elders. He railed against conventional thinking (orthodoxy) and was revered everywhere, except by his own family and home town. His campaign began with a wedding. He cast out demons and was accused of having a demon. He fed the multitudes and spoke in parables. He was particularly fond of the mustard seed. He traveled incessantly. He prayed for those that spitefully used him. He walked on water and calmed the tempest. He was warned against entering his capital, but approached his prophesized demise with eager resolve. He was lifted up into the "heavens" and also descended to the "underworld." His higher calling was to attain a faraway kingdom, and one that could only be gained through a symbolic death and ascension. He comforted and later appeared to his followers. He moved mountains and enveloped those who believed in him from the onslaught of the godless. Sound familiar?
Jesus of the New Testament was deliberately styled as an Alexander for his own generation. Moreover, he was endowed with all of the good qualities of Alexander and none of the bad. Jesus is depicted as a rehabilitated Alexander, and therefore in a sense, an even greater "god-king" than Alexander. Olympias (Mura), the "virgin mother" of Alexander became a pattern for Mary mother of Jesus. Roxane, the bride that Alexander claimed by storming a high fortress, prefigured Mary Magdalene, "Lady of the Tower." All of Christ's disciples (later Apostles) were also typecast after the companions (later "Successors") and other intimates of Alexander. Hephaestion foreshadowed John the Beloved; Perdiccas the "first leader" after Alexander's "Passion" provided inspiration for James the Just (first head of the Church). The inspiration for Peter was supplied by Seleucus, who had cause to repeatedly deny Alexander's claims of divine kingship, but later built his empire and his cult following. The role of Ptolemy the evangelist of Alexander was played by Paul. And the list goes on.
Many books have been written about the death of Alexander the Great and who was responsible. None have ever examined clear textual evidence from The Life of Alexander of Macedon (also known as the "Alexander Romance") that Alexander did not literally die in Babylon in the year 323 BC, but conceded his claim of kingship in the West in order to finish his coveted conquest of India and the Far East. He would not resume his mission under the name of Alexander, but under the contemporary Indian name of Chandra-Gupta, whose career dovetails perfectly with that of Alexander. Chandra-Gupta defeated Seleucus in battle and became the very first Emperor of India. By laying down his life in Babylon (just prior to his 33rd birthday), Alexander ultimately was able to "take it back up again" and fulfill all he desired in the decades (and kingdoms) that were to come. Within a generation of Alexander's presumed death he was being proclaimed the undisputed "Ruler of the World," and he maintained that lofty status in perpetuity. In doing so, Alexander established a formula for future world-beaters, including even the Roman Caesar, the Jewish Jesus, and the Islamic Muhammad to follow. Consistent with this, Alexander has been held in the highest esteem by all our major world religions.
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