Apollonius of Tyanna

Is Apollonius of Tyanna Paul the Apostle

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  • Apollonius of Tyanna, a Pythagorean philosopher and contemporary of the Jesus Christ of the Gospels. Many agnostic and atheistic scholars as well as other free thinkers believe that some portions of the Gospels of Jesus Christ are actually modeled on the adventures of Apollonius. Quite possibly, due to the lack of historical evidence for Jesus as depicted in the Gospels. Some believe him to have actually been the Jesus Christ. Others postulate the theory that Paul the Apostle and Apollonius are one and the same.

    Some scholars argue that Paul of Tarsus a/k/a Paul the Apostle did not exist, and that All of the original writings and teachings attributed to him in the New Testament are the writings and teachings of Apollonius of Tyanna. Other scholars present reasonable arguments that Paul was only a mythical character patterned after Apollonius.

    The hypothesis that Apollonius was actually the apostle Paul lends itself much credence upon a brief review of the available facts.

    Parallels Paul the Apostle and Apollonius of Tyanna

    1. Apollonius is a Greek name, the Latin Romanized version would be Apollos . Apollos over a period time as well as convenience morphed to Paulos. Paulos in its English format is Paul

    2. Apollonius was born in the city of Tyana, in the Roman province of Cappadocia, in present day Turkey. At the age of twelve Apollonius went to Tarsus and was educated there, coincidentally Tarsus is the birthplace of Paul of Tarsus a/k/a Paul the apostle. Tarsus is the place Apollonius moved to at a young age and went to school, hence he could be referred to as Paul of Tarsus both Apollonius and Paul were in Tarsus at the same time in their youth, as Newman points out, Apollonius and Paul were also at Ephesus and Rome at at exactly the same time . Apollonius's biographer does not mention Paul at all, but Paul's biographer speaks of "Apollos" having been at Ephesus with him. .Many of his teachings coincide with Paul of Tarsus, and Paul is said to have done many of the same things Apollonius did. {Catholic Authorities claim that Apollonius of Alexandria is the Apollos of the New Testament }

    3. Both Paul of Tarsus and Apollonius were unmarried and as far as History records, neither produced any progeny.

    4. Martin Luther (Founder of Protestant- Christianity} believed Apollonius to be the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews . And there are strong cases that early Christian censors, and plagiarizers inserted the name Pol / Paul in place of Apollonius/apollos/paulos wherever it could be found, it remained in the New Testament as Apollos in some instances because the Paul character they were creating was the speaker in the instances in question .

    Fortunately, one book survived in its entirety- Life of Apollonius of Tyana by Flavius Philostratus. The Life of Apollonius of Tyana was secretly carried to the Near East where it remained over a 1000 years. In 1801 it was brought to Europe and was translated into English .

    5. In the Greek text, Apollonius is commonly written as Pol as well as Apollos, "Apollos" of the New Testament - the eloquent "Jew" whose preaching and baptizing at Corinth and at Ephesus preceded the work of the Apostle Paul. Almost as if the narrative of Apollos is John the Baptist to Paul/Pol being Jesus.

    6. Apollonius is named for the Greek sun god Apollo. Paul's original name as per the Gospels was Saul, a mutation of Sol / The Sun God as per the religion of Constantine - Sol Invictus/ The invincible Sun.

    7. The companion of Apollonius, as well as scribe was Demis. As per -2 Timothy 4:10 Demas was the companion of Paul See Also Philemon, Verse 24; I Corinthians, Chapter 3: Verses 4 -- 6 & Verse 22; I Corinthians, Chapter 4: Verse 6; Titus, Chapter 3: Verse 13. Demas is also the name of one of the "criminals" crucified alongside Jesus as per The Narrative of Joseph of Arimathea.

    8. Apollonius, said by legend to be the son of a god, Proteus, a shape shifting God found in the writings of Homer. Assuming elements of the Life of Apollonius to be Allegorical, is the connection to Proteus a hint as to " how versatile he was, and for ever changing his form" ...or identity. Proteus was also known for his ability to foresee the future.

    'To his mother, just before he was born, there came an apparition of Proteus, who changes his form so much in Homer, in the guise of an Aigyption Daimon. ... asked him what sort of child she would bear. And he answered: 'Myself.' 'And who are you?' she asked. 'Proteus,' answered he, 'the god of Aigyptos'. Well, I need hardly explain to readers of the poets the quality of Proteus and his reputation as regards wisdom; how versatile he was, and for ever changing his form, and defying capture, and how he had the reputation of knowing both past and future. And we must bear Proteus in mind all the more, when my advancing story shows the hero to have been more a prophet than Proteus.' - Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana 1.4

    9. Paul fought with wild beasts at Ephesus; so did Apollonius. 1 Corinthians 15:32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained ? If the dead are not raised, Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.'


    10. Paul noticed the alter to the unknown God; so did Apollonius. Acts 17:22-23 'Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: 'Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' Apollonius spoke of Athens as the place ' 'altars are set up in honor even to unknown divinities.'

    11. Paul, on his way to Rome, landed at Puteoli, so did Apollonius. See: 1 Corinthians 15:32.

    Continued: Part Two

    Note: The original version of this article written in 2004 is cached on geocities mirror sites. This is the updated version by the same Author. Rick Gordon