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Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt
Assmann, Jan
Lorton, David, translator

Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2014 pp. xi + 490. $34.95


Description: Drawing on the unfamiliar genre of the death liturgy, he arrives at a remarkably comprehensive view of the religion of death in ancient Egypt. Assmann describes in detail nine different images of death: death as the body being torn apart, as social isolation, the notion of the court of the dead, the dead body, the mummy, the soul and ancestral spirit of the dead, death as separation and transition, as homecoming, and as secret. Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt also includes a fascinating discussion of rites that reflect beliefs about death through language and ritual.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Egyptian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Nili Shupak
Published 9/19/2019
Citation: Nili Shupak, review of Jan Assmann, Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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