Jesus Christ was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader born in Jerusalem in 4BC. He is the central figure of Christianity and is thought to have been the son of God and the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament. However, a bombshell discovery of documents describing a man of striking resemblance has raised questions.
Amazon Prime’s “Bible Conspiracies” revealed how a man known as Apollonius may have been the true face behind the tales of the Bible.
Apollonius, who was also a Greek religious preacher, was born roughly in the same year as Jesus in Central Anatolia, which is now part of Turkey.
The 2016 series revealed: “There is, in fact, a man who can be found in text outside of the Bible after the church failed to eradicate him from history.
“His name is Apollonius and he was born in the 3rd or 4th year BC in Tyana in Cappadocia, Anatolia.
“He became a disciple of Pythagoras renouncing flesh, wine and women.
“He wore no shoes and let his hair and beard grow long.
“He soon became a reformer and fixed his abode in the Temple of Aesculapius.”
The series went on to explain how Apollonius became famous, building a religious following as he preached and performed miracles.
The documentary continued: “Eventually Apollonius became a wise sage himself and his own notoriety grew.
“Aurelian (Roman Emperor) vowed to erect temples and statues to his honour.
“Was there ever anything among men more holy?
“He reportedly restored life to the dead and spoke of things beyond the human reach
“And, unlike Jesus, there is evidence to prove that Apollonius actually existed.”