Egyptian Light and Hebrew Fire: Theological and Philosophical Roots of Christendom in Evolutionary Perspective

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New, American edition of a 1975 book originally published in Europe. It has been incorporated into a new series on early history. Abundantly illustrated. Short bibliography with a few '80 and after citations. Glossary. A provocative and enlightening study of how the ancient Egyptian world view affected Hebrew religion, Greek philosophy, neoplatonism, gnosticism, and early Christianity, tracing the ideological roots of Western civilization back to prototypes in the texts of ancient Egypt. Paper edition unseen, $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Prolegomena for Methodological Reorientation in the History and Evolution of Religions 3
Pt. 1 Egyptian Light
1 Preface to Egyptian Light 37
2 Heliopolitan Theology: A Reconstruction 41
3 Heliopolitan Theology in the Pyramid Texts 61
4 Heliopolitan Theology in the Coffin Texts 77
5 Other Ancient Egyptian Theologies 97
Pt. 2 Hebrew Fire
Preface to Hebrew Fire 117
6 The Monotheism of Moses 121
7 God and His Created World 135
8 Against Grand Domestication 141
9 Israel's Return to Grand Domestication 151
10 Universalistic Monotheism and Messianism 161
Pt. 3 The Wisdom of Greece
Preface to the Wisdom of Greece 179
11 From Mythology to Philosophy 181
12 Philosophy: From Thales to Anaxagoras 197
13 Philosophy: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle 223
14 The Neo-Egyptian Philosophy of Plotinus 241
15 Neoplatonism: Ammonius and Plotinus 259
Pt. 4 The Birth of Christendom
16 The Kingdom of Heaven at Hand 273
17 Gnosis Competition 291
18 The Kingdom of Heaven Spreading 309
19 Bequest of the Mother Religion 319
Bibliography 333
Index 343
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