- Diodorus Siculus mentions a flood which destroyed all Greek cities leaving the Egyptian cities intact . WHY only the destruction of the Greek cities? These facts of the flood and Egyptian worship as the remnant of the once famed Atlantis are hinted at by Herodotus and in the writings of Plato. These cities did not survive fortuitously, but did so as a matter of intentional design and later served as points of sun worship. WHY? to promote the worship of one supreme being. The Atlanteans who controlled the seas and the world had a world empire and worship of the one Supreme G-d in ways and manners we cannot even conceive now and were engulfed in a flood, again alluded to by Plato and other writers (Ignatius Donnelly).
- Jesus(Yeshua) and Moses were mentioned by tradition as being adepts of this priesthood of On. I have not located the references but when I do I will b certain to blog those.
- Did Joseph use the city to store bread? It was the capital for a while and grain was stored here for the famines. The Book of the Dead states it was used to multiply bread and explains the legend that Horus fed the masses there with only seven loaves. This account reminds me of Jesus feeding the crowds with only 12 loaves. I do believe that what we today call miracles were known to these priestly adepts and the higher laws of physics and mathematics were attained in this priesthood to enable its adepts to perform these miracles. and this faintest breath of hint in this legend is telling. We today have no knowledge of these laws and Yeshua and other adepts such as Moses could have studied here. There is a tradition of Jesus in Egypt during the lost years and "Moses in the house of Pharaoh as the son Pharaoh's daughter raised. None of these are fortuitous events but all part of the evolutionary chain (spiritually) of mankind.
- Note the Grecian Roman allusions by ancient writers-they are copious.
- Alexander the Great very attune to all embraced knowledge halted in his march at Baalbek or the Syrian Heliopolis, which had a priest colony at the time. (Arrian and Macrobius as sources cited below).
Now Heliopolis contain the earliest temple obelisk still in its original position. The 20.7 m / 68 ft high red granite Obelisk of Senusret I of the XIIth Dynasty is at Al-Matariyyah part of Heliopolis. It is now in Al-Masalla area of Al-Matariyyah district near Ain Shams district (Heliopolis). It is 67 feet (20 m) tall and weighs 120 tons or 240,000 pounds.
The city's Egyptian name (shown in hieroglyphs, right, transliterated ỉwnw), is often transcribed as Iunu (literally "[place of] pillars"), and was often written in Greek as Ὂν On, and in biblical Hebrew as אן ˀÔn and און ˀĀwen.
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was a priest of the Ancient Egypt town of On, mentioned in
the Book of Genesis
(41:45,50). He was the father of Asenath, who was given to Joseph as his wife
by Pharaoh, and
who bore Joseph two sons: Manasseh and Efraim. His name means "he whom Ra has given".
GENESIS 41:44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without
thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
GENESIS 41:45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah (1);
and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On.
And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.
Heliopolis has been occupied since the Predynastic
Period, with extensive building campaigns during the Old and Middle
Kingdoms. Today, unfortunately, it is mostly destroyed, its temples and
other buildings having been used for the construction of mediæval Cairo; most information about it
comes from textual sources.
According to Diodorus Siculus Heliopolis was
built by Actis, one of the sons of Helios and Rhode, who named the city after his
father. While all Greek cities were
destroyed during the flood, the Egyptian cities
including Heliopolis survived. The chief deity of Heliopolis was the god Atum, who was
worshipped in the primary temple, which was known by the names Per-Aat (pr-ˁ3t; "Great
House") and Per-Atum (pr-ỉtmw; "Temple [lit. "House"] of Atum"). The city was
also the original source of the worship of the Ennead pantheon, although in
later times, as Horus gained in prominence,
worship focused on the synchrentistic solar
deity Ra-harakhty (literally Ra, (who is) Horus of the Two Horizons). During
the Amarna Period, king Akhenaten
introduced monotheistic or perhaps henotheistic
worship of Aten, the
deified solar disc, built here a temple named Wetjes Aten (wṯs ỉtn "Elevating
the Sun-disc"). Blocks from this temple were later used to build the city walls
of mediaeval Cairo
and can be seen in some of the city gates. The cult of the Mnevis bull, an
embodiment of the god Ra, had its centre here, and possessed a formal burial
ground north of the city.
As the capital of Egypt for a period of time, grain was stored in Heliopolis for the winter months, when many people would descend on the town to be fed, leading to it gaining the title place of bread. The Book of the Dead goes further and describes how Heliopolis was the place of multiplying bread, recounting a myth in which Horus feeds the masses there with only 7 loaves.
Heliopolis was well known to the ancient Greeks and Romans, being noted by most major geographers of the period, including: Ptolemy, iv. 5. § 54; Herodotus, ii. 3, 7, 59; Strabo, xvii. p. 805; Diodorus, i. 84, v. 57; Arrian, Exp. Alex. iii. 1; Aelian, H. A. vi. 58, xii. 7; Plutarch, Solon. 26, Is. et Osir. 33; Diogenes Laertius, xviii. 8. § 6; Josephus, Ant. Jud. xiii. 3, C. Apion. i. 26; Cicero, De Natura Deorum iii. 21; Pliny the Elder, v. 9. § 11; Tacitus, Ann. vi. 28; Pomponius Mela, iii. 8. The city also merits attention by the Byzantine geographer Stephanus of Byzantium, s. v. Ἡλίουπόλις.
Alexander the Great, on his march from Pelusium to Memphis, halted at this city (Arrian, iii. 1); and, according to Macrobius (Saturn. i. 23), Baalbek, or the Syrian Heliopolis, was a priest-colony from its Egyptian namesake.