photo neededIn existographies, William Rickets Cooper (1843-1878) was a an English (or Irish) religio-mythologist, noted for making one of the first Horus equals Jesus connections.

In c.1860s, Cooper, then a carpet pattern designer turned London Missionary, met and or came under the influence of English Egyptologist Joseph Bonomi who directed his energies to Egyptian antiquities. [1]

In 1870, Cooper became one of the secretary, and therein a principle originator, of the Society for Biblical Archaeology, holding this position until 1876, during which time, for health reasons, he was forced to retire to Ventnor, ceasing to exist two years later.

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In 1877, Cooper, in his The Horus Myth in its Relation to Christianity, attempted to assert that Jesus was a Horus rewrite; the following is his opening paragraph:

“There are few points on which the Egyptian and Christians religions so nearly analogize, and which are more striking in their resemblances than that one doctrine which has always been regarded, and rightly so, as a special result of revelation, —the doctrine of a ‘vicarious deliverer’ of mankind in the person of a mysterious Being, who is at once both very god and very man. The definite language of the Nicene Creed, and its commentary, the symbol of St. Athanasius, explains the nature and attributes of the founder of our religion, and it is my province, as far as I am able to do so, to show to-night in what degree that nature and those attributes were anticipated in the Egyptian dogma of Horus Nets, the only-begotten son of his father—the ‘deliverer of mankind’ from the ‘evil one’.”

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Cooper translated a series of valuable Assyrian and Egyptian documents, entitled ‘Records of the Past,’ along with Lenormant's :Chaldæan Magic” (1887).

1. (a) Lane-Poole, Stanley. (c.1900). Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 12. Publisher.
(b) Cooper, William Rickets – Wikisource.
(c) Joseph Bonomi the Younger – Wikipedia.
2. Cooper, William R. (1877). The Horus Myth in its Relation to Christianity. Hardwick & Bogue.

Further reading
● Cooper, William R. (1872). Christian Evidence Lectures. Publisher, 1880.
● Cooper, William R. (1873). The Serpent Myths of Ancient Egypt: Being a Comparative History of These Myths Compiled from the "Ritual of the Dead", Egyptian Inscriptions, Papyri, and Monuments in the British and Continental Museums. Robert Hardwicke.
● Cooper, William R. (1875). The Resurrection of Assyria. Lecture Delivered in Renfield Presbyterian Church, Glasgow, Jan 31. S. Bagster.
● Cooper, William R. (1875). Lectures on Heroines of the Past. Publisher.
● Cooper, William R. (1875). An Address on Egypt and the Pentateuch. Samuel Bagster.
● Cooper, William R. (1876). An Archaic Dictionary: Biographical, Historical, and Mythological: From the Egyptian, Assyrian, and Etruscan Monuments and Papyri. S. Bagster and Sons.
● Cooper, William R. (1877). Short History of Egyptian Obelisk. Bagster.
● Cooper, William R. (1877). The Myth of Ra (the Supreme Sun-god of Egypt): With Copious Citations from the Solar and Pantheistic Litanies. Hardwicke & Bogue.

External links
Cooper, W.R. (William Rickets) 1843-1878 – WorldCat Identities.

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