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Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: The One and the Many Paperback – Oct 31 1996
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"An excellent historical overview of the gods. . . It is a recommended necessary reading for those studing Ancient Egyptian religion."—Frankie's Reviews in Egyptology
"After surveying the approaches to Egyptian religion from antiquity through twentieth-century scholarship, Hornung . . . considers aspects of divinity, the iconography and characteristics of the gods, and the relationship between gods and believers. . . . A masterly, scrupulously documented work that combines close attention to textual and artifactual evidence with penetrating theological insights."—Library Journal
"Hornung asks usually neglected questions concerning what the Egyptians themselves thought about their gods, thus meeting these people on their own terms. Along the way he carefully examines evidence that has been marshaled in favor of monotheism or monotheistic tendencies within what appears to be a vast Egyptian pantheon. Adding to the pleasure and usefulness of this work is the fine translation by John Baines. . . . Containing a full index, a glossary of gods, and appropriate illustrations, this is a significant volume."—Choice
"It is not often that an introduction to the thorny topic of ancient Egyptian religion can be recommended unreservedly. . . . Over the past thirty-five years the acceptable introductions to Egyptian religion can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and all are from the pens of scholars trained in a Germanic tradition! The present work by Erik Hornung maintains this excellent, though rare, standard."—American Historical Review
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'After surveying the approaches to Egyptian religion from antiquity through twentieth-century scholarship, Hornung...considers aspects of divinity, the iconography and characteristics of the gods, and the relationship between gods and believers....A masterly, scrupulously documented work that combines close attention to textual and artifactual evidence with penetrating theological insights.'--Library Journal
Top Customer Reviews
It is extermely detailed, (though admittedly dry,) and leaves the reader with a good idea of what the Egyptian Gods were like and how they developed throughout the millenia. The beginning also nicely addresses the erroneous notion that the Egyptians were really monotheists from the start, and that only the ignorant common people held polythistic beliefs; a Victorian bias that taints the studies of many ancient cultures. Horning clearly has a great deal of respect for the ancient Egyptian religion, and as a Kemetic pagan, I really appreciate that this book exists in English.
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Hornung is a top scholar in the field of Egyptology, yet he manages to avoid the condescending tone that many scholars fall victim to. Read morePublished on April 9 1999 by Kimba Girl
Several books have eloquently discussed the monotheism of central African groups, but this book clearly espouses the polytheism of the Ancient Egyptians, building upon work by... Read morePublished on March 9 1999 by Rev. Harold Moss (Horemas@aol.com
This is a book that is a must-read for anyone interested in knowing how the Ancient Egyptians thought. Read morePublished on June 12 1998
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