Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt

Erik Hornung (Author) John Baines (Translator)

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Cornell University Press
Publish Date
October 31, 1996
5.56 X 8.46 X 0.7 inches | 0.78 pounds
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About the Author

Erik Hornung is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Basel. John Baines, a specialist in Egyptian religion, is Professor of Egyptology at Oxford University.


"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

"An excellent historical overview of the gods... It is a recommended necessary reading for those studing Ancient Egyptian religion."

--Frankie's Reviews in Egyptology

"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."


"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