Religion in Ancient Egypt: Gods, Myths, and Personal Practice

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Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: The One and the Many

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Cornell University Press #ad - Sensitively translated by john Baines and with a new preface by the author, this edition has been amplified and updated with an English-language audience in mind. His book, now available in English for the first time, is the most extensive exploration yet undertaken of the nature of Egyptian religion. Hornung examines the characteristics, analyzing the complex and changing iconography used to represent them, and significance of Egyptian gods and goddesses, spheres of action, and disentangling the many seemingly contradictory aspects of the religion of which they are a part.

. Osiris, isis, thoth, horus, anubis - the many strange and compelling figures of the Egyptian gods and goddesses seem to possess endless fascination. The renowned egyptologist erik Hornung here studies the ancient Egyptians' conceptions of god, basing his account on a thorough reappraisal of the primary sources.

Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: The One and the Many #ad - He seeks to answer two basic questions: how did the egyptians themselves see their gods? Did they believe there was an impersonal, he attempts to evoke the complexity and richness of the religion of the ancient Egyptians and of their worldview, anonymous force behind the multiplicity of their deities? Throughout, which differs so greatly from our own.

A work of extraordinary distinction, and in the history of religion, Hornung’s book will appeal to anyone interested in ancient Egypt, in ancient religion, anthropology, as well as students and scholars of ancient history, and archaeology. Cornell University Press.

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The Search for God in Ancient Egypt

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Cornell University Press #ad - Deeply rooted in the texts of ancient egypt and thoroughly informed by comparative religion, and semiotic analysis, theology, anthropology, Assmann's interpretations reveal the complexity of Egyptian thought in a new way. Assmann takes special care to distinguish between the "implicit" theology of Egyptian polytheism and the "explicit" theology that is concerned with exploring the problem of the divine.

The search for god in ancient egypt offers a distillation of Jan Assmann's views on ancient Egyptian religion, with special emphasis on theology and piety. Cornell University Press. His discussion of polytheism and mythology addresses aspects of ritual, the universe, and myth; his consideration of explicit theology deals with theodicy and the specifics of Amarna religion.

The Search for God in Ancient Egypt #ad - First english-language edition, with revisions and additions by the author. This classic work by one of the world's most distinguished Egyptologists was first published in German in 1984.

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Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt

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Cornell University Press #ad - Human beings, " the acclaimed egyptologist jan Assmann writes, "are the animals that have to live with the knowledge of their death, and culture is the world they create so they can live with that knowledge. In his new book, assmann explores images of death and of death rites in ancient Egypt to provide startling new insights into the particular character of the civilization as a whole.

Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt #ad - Death and salvation in ancient Egypt also includes a fascinating discussion of rites that reflect beliefs about death through language and ritual. Drawing on the unfamiliar genre of the death liturgy, he arrives at a remarkably comprehensive view of the religion of death in ancient Egypt. Assmann describes in detail nine different images of death: death as the body being torn apart, as social isolation, the dead body, as homecoming, the mummy, the soul and ancestral spirit of the dead, the notion of the court of the dead, death as separation and transition, and as secret.

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The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion

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Yale University Press #ad - The treasures of darkness is the culmination of a lifetime’s work, an attempt to summarize and recreate the spiritual life of Ancient Mesopotamia. The general reader cannot fail to admire the translated passages of Sumerian poetry with which it abounds, especially those illustrating the Dumuzi-Inanna cycle of courtship, wedding and lament for the god’s untimely death.

His vast experience shows through every page of this unique book, through the vivid, new translations resulting from years of careful research. Jacobsen has succeeded brilliantly. Professor jacobsen accepts the premise that all religion springs from man’s experience of a power not of this world, a mysterious ‘Wholly Other.

The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion #ad - This numinous power cannot be described in terms of worldly experience but only in allusive ‘metaphors’ that serve as a means of communication in religious teaching and thought. Yale University Press. He introduces many new translations which are much finer than previous versions. The treasures of darkness is almost entirely devoted to textual evidence, the more gritty sources of archaeological knowledge being seldom mentioned.

. As a literary work combining sensibility, imagination and scholarship, this book is near perfection.

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The Literature of Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Stories, Instructions, Stelae, Autobiographies, and Poetry; Third Edition

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Yale University Press #ad - A. The book also includes an extensive bibliography. Praise for the earlier editions:“An elegant, easily readable, and most serviceable volume. K. Yale University Press. Kitchen, journal of near eastern studies“A reliable rendering of the Egyptian text that can be useful to students of Egyptology and provide the layman with delightful reading material.

Mordechai gilula, Cultura Cornell University Press. The latest edition of this highly praised anthology of ancient Egyptian literature offers fresh translations of all the texts as well as some twenty-five new entries, including writings from the late literature of the Demotic period at the end of classical Egyptian history.

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Stories from Ancient Canaan

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Westminster John Knox Press #ad - Stories from Ancient Canaan #ad - Cornell University Press. Yale University Press. Stories from ancient Canaan is the first to offer a one-volume translation of all four. This accessible book teaches the principal Canaanite religious literature, of the Bible, and will be useful to students of the history of religion, and of comparative literature.

Contained on fifteen of the cuneiform tables uncovered at the ancient Canaanite city of Ugarit are the four major oral Ugartic myths of Aqhat, The Healers, Kirta and Baal.

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Did God Have a Wife?: Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel

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Eerdmans #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Yale University Press. Archaeological excavations reveal numerous local and family shrines where sacrifices and other rituals were carried out. His work also gives new prominence to women as the custodians of Israel's folk religion. The first book by an archaeologist on ancient Israelite religion, this fascinating study critically reviews virtually all of the archaeological literature of the past generation, while also bringing fresh evidence to the table.

Intrigued by this "folk religion" in all its variety and vitality, Dever writes about ordinary people in ancient Israel and their everyday religious lives. Did god have a wife? shines new light on the presence and influence of women's cults in early Israel and their implications for our understanding of Israel's official "Book religion.

Did God Have a Wife?: Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel #ad - Dever pays particular attention to the goddess asherah, reviled by the authors of the Hebrew Bible as a foreign deity but, in the view of many modern scholars, popularly envisioned in early Israel as the consort of biblical Yahweh. Following up on his two recent, widely acclaimed studies of ancient Israelite history and society, William Dever here reconstructs the practice of religion in ancient Israel from the bottom up.

. Cornell University Press. Meant for professional and general audiences alike,  Did God Have a Wife? is sure to spur wide and passionate debate. Though dever digs deep into the past, unencumbered by footnotes, his discussion is extensively illustrated, and vivid with colorful insights.

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Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt

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Oxford University Press #ad - Indeed, much early Egyptian mythology may have developed to explain the movement of these celestial bodies. A substantial a to z section covers the principal themes and concepts of Egyptian mythology as well as the most important deities, demons, and other characters. She explains that the usually cloudless skies made for a preoccupation with the stars and planets.

Used book in Good Condition. From stories of resurrected mummies and thousand-year-old curses to powerful pharaohs and the coveted treasures of the Great Pyramids, ancient Egypt has had an unfaltering grip on the modern imagination. Yale University Press. She explains how egyptian culture developed around the flooding of the Nile, " a phenomenon on which the whole welfare of the country depended, or the "inundation, and how aspects of the inundation were personified as deities.

Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt #ad - Now, in egyptian mythology, Geraldine Pinch offers a comprehensive introduction that untangles the mystery of Egyptian Myth. Spanning ancient egyptian culture--from 3200 BC to AD 400--Pinch opens a door to this hidden world and casts light on its often misunderstood belief system. Oxford university Press USA.

Cornell University Press. She provides a timeline covering the seven stages in the mythical history of Egypt and outlining the major events of each stage, such as the reign of the sun God. For anyone who wants to know about anubis, the terrifying canine god who presided over the mummification of bodies and guarded burials, the primeval ocean from which all life came, or Hathor, the golden goddess who helped women to give birth and the dead to be reborn, or an explanation of the nun, Egyptian Mythology is the place to look.

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Gilgamesh: A New English Version

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Atria Books #ad - Oxford university Press USA. Cornell University Press. Yale University Press. Atria Books. Used book in Good Condition. Gilgamesh is considered one of the masterpieces of world literature, but until now there has not been a version that is a superlative literary text in its own right. Acclaimed by critics and scholars, stephen Mitchell's version allows us to enter an ancient masterpiece as if for the first time, intelligent, to see how startlingly beautiful, and alive it is.

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Ancient Egypt

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Oxford University Press #ad - Now, in ancient Egypt, eminent Egyptologist David P. To this day, the riddle of the sphinx, this ancient civilization which produced the great pyramids, and the riches of Tutankhamun exerts a strong hold on our imaginations. We learn, even gleaming structures; that the title "pharaoh" derives from the egyptian phrase per aa, in ancient times they would have been colorful, jewelers, and keepers of livestock; and that Egyptian law viewed women as equal to men, in some cases, that despite the monochromatic appearance of most temple ruins today, from farmers and carpenters to scribes, which means "great house" and was originally a reference to the royal palace; that temples employed all manner of part time and full time personnel, for example, and they could, wield considerable influence.

Correcting the popular misconception of the egyptians as a death obsessed people, the book uses the most recent historical research and archaeological finds to illuminate the routines of daily life in royal, elite, priestly circles, as well as at lower levels of society. Atria Books. Silverman and a team of leading scholars explore the cultural wealth of this civilization in a series of intriguing and authoritative essays based on the latest theories and discoveries.

Ancient Egypt #ad - Yale University Press. Used book in Good Condition. Cornell University Press. The ancient egyptians created some of the world's most beautiful art and architecture.

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