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

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

by Karl W. Luckert
     
 

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Egyptian Light and Hebrew Fire focuses on the cosmology of ancient Egypt and on derived traditions. The book outlines how the ancient Egyptian world view affected Hebrew religion, Greek philosophy, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, and early Christianity. It traces ideological roots of Western civilization back to its earliest known prototypes in the Pyramid and Coffin texts

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Egyptian Light and Hebrew Fire focuses on the cosmology of ancient Egypt and on derived traditions. The book outlines how the ancient Egyptian world view affected Hebrew religion, Greek philosophy, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, and early Christianity. It traces ideological roots of Western civilization back to its earliest known prototypes in the Pyramid and Coffin texts of ancient Egypt. It challenges us to refocus some of our history of early Greek philosophy, and it positively identifies Neoplatonism as a philosophized and scarcely disguised neo-Egyptian theology.

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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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“It presents an original thesis and supports it with a remarkable array of erudition. Its main thesis is that Christianity owes a great deal to ancient Egyptian religion, a debt which has been almost universally overlooked. Its scholarship is impressive, and it is interesting to read. In fact, it is difficult to put down if one has a serious interest in Christian origins or the relation of religion to philosophy.” — Hugo A. Meynell, University of Calgary

“My overall impression is that Egyptian Light and Hebrew Fire will make a strong impact upon our previous interpretations and understanding regarding the ‘uniqueness’ of Judeo-Christian society. Although there have been studies on related topics in the past, this work presents a good, overall perspective and still maintains attention to detail. I think it would also be a wonderful textbook for an upper division class in Comparative Religion.” — Garth Alford, University of Washington

“Luckert is constructive, teasy, honest, enlightening.” — Burton L. Mack, Claremont Graduate School

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791409688
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/01/1991
Series:
SUNY Series in Religious Studies Series
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Karl W. Luckert is Professor of History of Religions at Southwest Missouri State University.

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