Exploring Religion in Ancient Egypt

Exploring Religion in Ancient Egypt

by Stephen Quirke

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Exploring Religion in Ancient Egypt by Stephen Quirke

Exploring Religion in Ancient Egypt offers a stimulatingoverview of the study of ancient Egyptian religion by examiningresearch drawn from beyond the customary boundaries of Egyptologyand shedding new light on entrenched assumptions.

  • Discusses the evolution of religion in ancient Egypt – abelief system that endured for 3,000 years
  • Dispels several modern preconceptions about ancient Egyptianreligious practices
  • Reveals how people in ancient Egypt struggled to securewell-being in the present life and the afterlife

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444332001
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/03/2014
Series: Blackwell Ancient Religions Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Stephen Quirke is Professor of Egyptology in the Institute for Archaeology at University College London, and Curator at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. His books include The Cult of Ra: Sun-Worship in Ancient Egypt (2001), Egyptian Literature 1800 BC: Questions and Readings (2004), and Lahun: A Town in Egypt 1800 BC, and the History of its Landscape (2005).

Table of Contents

Preface vi

1 Belief without a Book 1

2 Finding the Sacred in Space and Time 38

3 Creating Sacred Space and Time: Temple Architecture and Festival 80

4 Chaos and Life: Forces of Creation and Destruction 110

5 Being Good: Doing, Saying, and Making Good Possible 150

6 Being Well 177

7 Attaining Eternal Life: Sustenance and Transformation 201

Bibliography 238

Index 256

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"Quirke tells the story of Ancient Egyptian Religion as a modeof life and a reflective philosophy. A book rich in evidence,thoughtful and fresh in interpretation, courageous enough to giveup the claim of answering every question—but eager to poseit.” –Martin Fitzenreiter, Bonn University

".....a uniquely comprehensive integration of archaeological andwritten evidence about Egyptian beliefs and practices; energized byethnographic and anthropological perspectives, Quirke's bookclarifies, yet queries key debates about Egyptian religion."–David O'Connor, New York University

“Quirke’s unique approach to Egyptian beliefs aboutcreation, life, death, etc., uses the written and archaeologicalevidence to reveal the logic of ancient thought as it acquaints uswith its ‘nuts and bolts.’” –BetsyBryan, Johns Hopkins University

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