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The Religions of Ancient Egypt and Babylonia

The Religions of Ancient Egypt and Babylonia
The Gifford Lectures on the Ancient Egyptian and Babylonian Conception of the Divine

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  • Publication planned for: August 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108083843

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About the Authors
  • Archibald Henry Sayce (1845–1933) became interested in Middle Eastern languages and scripts while still a teenager. Old Persian and Akkadian cuneiform had recently been deciphered, and popular enthusiasm for these discoveries was running high when Sayce began his academic career at Oxford in 1869. In this 1902 work, originally given as the Gifford lectures at the University of Aberdeen, Sayce uses his theological as well as his philological knowledge and experience to consider the concept of the divine in ancient Egypt and Babylonia. He describes the deities of each civilisation, and from what is known of religious practice he attempts to deduce what each may have believed about the divine and about the place of man in the god-created order of the universe. He also emphasises the difficulty of using material remains as evidence for beliefs, and the problem of interpreting religious texts in languages which were then still not well understood.

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    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108083843
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Religion of Ancient Egypt:
    1. Introduction
    2. Egyptian religion
    3. The imperishable part of man and the other world
    4. The sun-god and the ennead
    5. Animal worship
    6. The gods of Egypt
    7. Osiris and the Osirian faith
    8. The sacred books
    9. The popular religion of Egypt
    10. The place of Egyptian religion in the history of theology
    Part II. The Religion of the Babylonians:
    1. Introductory
    2. Primitive animism
    3. The gods of Babylonia
    4. The sun-god and Istar
    5. Sumerian and Semitic conceptions of the divine
    6. Cosmologies
    7. The sacred books
    8. The myths and epics
    9. The ritual of the temple
    10. Astro-theology and the moral element in Babylonian religion

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    A. H. Sayce

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