Ancient Egypt in Its Comparative Relations; Lectures Delivered at the Royal Institution in February and March 1881

Ancient Egypt in Its Comparative Relations; Lectures Delivered at the Royal Institution in February and March 1881

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...the worship of Ra of Amenti should have been more prominent than the older reverence of Osiris? If this doctrine was not unfolded to the generality, for this very reason it cannot have failed to have exercised an influence. Priests, scribes, artists, all who worked for the royal tomb, would have thought more of what was a hidden doctrine, and attached the utmost consequence to a leading idea that could not have escaped them. If the identification of the judge Rhadamanthys be accepted, we can thus obtain a date for the first germ of the novel view of the Underworld in the Greek mind. The relation between the Egyptian and the Hebrew faith is again the most interesting subject of study. Moses, we know, was "educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians," and must have been well acquainted with one of the most popular parts of their belief, the doctrine of the future state, with its rewards and punishments. Yet in spite of the similarity of the Law in its ceremonial side to Egyptian rites, Moses nowhere teaches the doctrine which was in Egypt the religious basis of moral duties; he does not even mention the other world. The doctrine has failed, and he puts it out of sight. He does not so much as enjoin burial rites. He publishes no enactment as to the form of tombs. The later traces of sepulture are of the simplest kind until we reach the luxurious age of the kings. It must be admitted that in Hebrew, as in Egyptian, it is often difficult to tell whether the grave or Hades is spoken of. A single Biblical term is usual for both. Even in the Pentateuch, as in Jacob'slament for Joseph, we see the secondary meaning, for the patriarch could not expect to rejoin in the tomb his son whom he thought had been devoured by wild beasts. Yet more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236903900
  • 9781236903907