I used to be conditioned to rebuff any ideas that our Bible may have been influenced by other ancient religions. This year I decided to check and see if our Bible had indeed been influenced by this ancient religion called Zoroastrianism, and if it was, it may affect my current path to God...but not my faith in God. Yes, it had. Starting with the Jewish captivity and Daniel. The Jews were not affected by their first captives (587 B.C.) Nebechednezer of Babylon, but by Persia, who defeated Babylon (539 B.C.) namely Cyrus the Great, who is mentioned in (Isaiah 44:28). If it were not for the Persians, there would have been no 'hell' (actually pre- Zoroaster cleansing fire...not eternal punishment), nor resurrection, etc. for the New Testament characters to argue about. (Mt.22:23-28) How many Christians know that when the Sadducees (who held to the original Jewish teaching of there being no such thing as a resurrection) were questioning Jesus about which of the 7 brothers the wife would be, that they were trying to trap Him like they did the Pharisees- (Persian word Parsees ) who believed this Zoroastrian doctine of the resurrection? Even the writer who incorporated the magi in the 2nd chapter of (Mt.2:1:12) was showing that the Zoroastrian priests (magi) were following the ancient Zoroastrian doctrine of 1 of 3 Saoshyants (messiahs) arriving in the world via Virgin Births. The most important teaching of the Zoroastrian faith for it's followers is to practice good thought, word, and deed. This does tie in to the New Testament: "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus," (Col.3:17) Did the writer of Col.3:17 copy Zoroastrianism? Nah.