"Having conducted research and written extensively over the course of the last thirty years, I think I have developed a good eye for recognizing valuable research that is worthy of serious consideration when I see it. The fact that these sources are mainstream, highly respected, or even seminal does not, of course, make them right about the origins of the Christ story. But to dismiss it or get apoplectic about her thesis simply because it shocks you is plainly foolish." Destined to be a classic enjoyed by both the professional scholar and the layperson, this comparative religion book contains a startling perspective of the extraordinary history of the Egyptian religion and its profound influence upon the later Christian faith. Drawing from thousands of ancient Egyptian texts in an assortment of translations along with the original language, as well as modern research in a number of other languages, controversial independent scholar of comparative religion and mythology D. Murdock puts together an astonishing amount of fascinating information that shows many of our most cherished religious beliefs and concepts did not appear suddenly out of the blue but have long histories in numerous cultures found around the globe, including and especially in the glorious Land of the Pharaohs. We are in agreement on the thoroughly syncretic character of primitive Christianity, evolving from earlier mythemes and rituals, especially those of Egypt.However, it does make them, and Murdock's thesis in which she incorporates their work, impossible to dismiss out of hand. It is almost as important in Christ in Egypt to argue for an astro-religious origin for the mythemes, and there, too, I agree with the learned author.... I find it undeniable that...many, many of the epic heroes and ancient patriarchs and matriarchs of the Old Testament were personified stars, planets, and constellations..." "..Egyptian influence to have become integral to Israelite religion even from pre-biblical times is only natural given the fact that from 3000 BCE Egypt ruled Canaan.Dice games, head and tails, and other games based on ‘luck’ have always been played by different groups.
This study may go a long way toward determining whether or not the Exodus and Conquest transpired in the 13th century BC..
Thousands of years ago, rolling two sixes was called the ‘throw of Aphrodite’ and would indicate victory in a game.
From references in Homer and other ancient texts we can find out that gambling games have been used widely in ancient Greece.
Too often, it might appear as if Egypt’s dunes no longer deliver Giza-grade delights.
While it would be extremely difficult to top the famous pyramids, incredible discoveries are still being made.