No, I wouldn't agree. I think there's a superficial similarity.Mysturji wrote:I think gravitational lensing is EXACTLY what Făkünamę described in the OP.
Făkünamę talked about light that grazes the event horizon of a black hole, but was just far enough out not to be sucked in. That's not gravitational lensing in the normal sense of the term.
A black hole is a tiny object, in space terms. A black hole that is up to fifty solar masses, would be only about 30km across. So the event horizon is tiny. Even one that is a million solar masses wouldn't be much bigger than the Earth.
Gravitational lensing is something that happens over a vast area of space, not around a tiny event horizon.
You just wouldn't get enough light grazing a 30 km sphere to be viewable from millions of light-years away.