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Egyptian religion

Author: Siegfried Morenz
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1973.
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Morenz, Siegfried.
Egyptian religion.
Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University Press [1973]
(OCoLC)647124809
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Siegfried Morenz
ISBN: 0801407826 9780801407826
OCLC Number: 754376
Notes: Translation of Ägyptische Religion.
Description: xvi, 379 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Sources; Meaning of religion in Egyptian --
I The religious origin of the Egyptian civilization --
Art --
Literature and drama --
Science --
Philology and philosophy --
Historiography --
Government --
Justice --
Religion as matrix of culture --
2 The gods --
Power --
Conception of the gods --
Form of the gods: personification --
Names of the gods --
Creation of the gods --
Negative relationship between gods and man --
Local deities --
Cosmic deities --
Revelation --
Sacrosanct monarchy --
King's two bodies --
The king as intermediary with the gods --
3 The worshippers --
The Egyptocentric outlook: the country; the inhabitants --
Extent of Egyptian god's influence within the country --
4 Divine commandments, guidance and inspiration: the functions of the gods --
The problem of free will --
Theodicy --
Divine commandments --
Divine guidance --
Divine inspiration --
Fate --
Foreknowledge; prophecy --
Terminology for 'fate' --
God as lord of fate --
Egyptian view of time --
5 Cult and piety: the conduct of men --
Relationship between cult and myth --
Cult in dynastic times --
The Egyptian times --
Daily care of the image --
Festivals --
Professions of belief; hymns --
Divine service as an expression of a juridical relationship between God and man --
Sanctity --
Priesthood --
Personal piety; oracles --
Amon's roles in personal piety --
Images --
Coexistence of official cult and personal piety --
6 Ethics and its relationship to religion --
Religions foundations of conduct --
Sources --
What is maat? --
Relative explicitness of maat --
Means of becoming cognizant of maat --
Cognizance of maat based on insight and experience --
Maat as a measure of judgment upon men --
The judgment of the dead --
Consciousness of sin --
Substance of Egyptian ethics --
Ethics and religion 7 Egyptian theology --
Nature of Egyptian theology --
Local deities; 'syncretism' --
Unity in plurality; Egyptian trinities --
Doctrine of Amenophis IV --
Origins of monotheism --
Relationship between deity and image --
Initial assumption of identity between image and object --
Ritual performed to vitalize the image --
Concept of ba --
8 Egyptian cosmogonies and doctrines of evolution --
Creation --
The creator-god as craftsman --
God as procreator --
Creation through god's word --
Time of the creation; 'the first time' --
Material of creation --
Mythology of creation and scientific thought --
Origin of life from an egg --
Origin of life from a lotus --
Relationship between doctrines of creation and evolution --
9 Death and the dead --
Creation of man --
God as lord of death --
Death part of cosmic order --
Egyptian attitude to death --
The act of dying --
Egyptians' lifelong consciousness of death --
Creative consequences: the pyramids and Egyptian art --
Burial customs; mummification --
Funerary gifts and supply of provisions --
Concept of heaven --
Realm of the dead --
Historical development --
Significance: overcoming death --
10 Sacred writings --
Cult religion and scriptural religion --
Range of religious literature --
Characteristics of religious literature; divine authorship --
Unity and variety in religious literature --
Textual changes --
Recitation of religious literature --
Secret texts --
Mortuary literature --
Reasons for development of mortuary literature --
Magical significance of mortuary literature --
11 Egyptian religion and the outside world --
Beginning of contact with foreign lands --
Old kingdom --
Middle kingdom --
New kingdom --
Popular character of this influence --
Zenith of Syrian influence --
Contacts with the south in Ethiopian period --
Contacts with Greek world: earliest period --
Hellenistic period --
Hellenistic age --
Contribution to Old and New Testament --
Egypt's significance for early Christian theology.
Other Titles: Ägyptische Religion.
Responsibility: Siegfried Morenz ; translated by Ann E. Keep.

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