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If anything that thread is too timid. What about the links between 'Pharisee' and 'Parsi' (Persian)? Does it make any sense that the Jews would be held in captivity in Persia for generations and not be influenced by the culture? (Including religon!) More than a few people have noticed the similarity in name and practices between this sect of Judaism and the Zoroastrian religion of Persia.
The author goes a bit far is asserting that Christianity is 'a Mithraic Cult' but the influence of Zoroastrianism on both Judaism and Christianity is undeniable.
And what about the links between 'Maitreya' (the promised 'future' Buddha) and 'Mithras' (another hero waiting for some future time) and 'Moshiach/Messiah' (the promised savior whom the Christians adopted from Judaism).