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Book of the Beginnings Part 2 (Kessinger Publishing's Rare Mystical Reprints) Paperback – July 25, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0766126534 ISBN-10: 0766126536

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  • Series: Kessinger Publishing's Rare Mystical Reprints
  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (July 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766126536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766126534
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By reader on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the first of three great books by Gerald Massey on the relation between all the world's religions, cultures and languages and the ancient Egyptian that is, in itself, rooted in the lake region of Central Africa at the source of the Nile. In the first volume of this book, Massey discusses the extremely ancient origins of Egypt and then goes into great detail and depth in showing how the British Druidic culture is Egyptian in its origin. Volume two does the same for the ancient Hebrew culture. These books are a gold mine, They are filled with detail upon inspiring detail. See my review of *Natural Genesis.* Massey's books are indespensible for anyone interested in the great African cultures, the British Druidic culture, the origins of the Hebrew culture, the problems of Christianity, the origins of Buddhism, and the origins of all the world's myths, including the biblical legends, and languages; he shows Egyptian words that show up in a very large number of languages including even the American Indian, Maori, Japanese, Chinese, European, African and so on. Massey focuses through his volumes on the British Druidic, Hebrew, and Christian traditions, and explores in extraordinary depth the Egyptian, and its root culture deep in Africa. Anyone who studies the African traditions can easily see the connections of Massey's findings with the African traditions. Egypt goes back hundreds of thousands of years and comes from the same root as all the other African traditions. All of Massey's books are published by BCP (Black Classics Press).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on December 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
This review is for the collective works of Gerald Massey. I discovered this author back in the 1990's when his works were scarce and available mostly through Kessinger Publisher Reprints. With the copyright out of date, I am now able to find his works on line in their entirety. My own personal copies are heavily highlighted.

I was impressed with the depth on which Massey wrote, wondering if his facts were correct or if he was making up information as did so many of his contemporaries. The fact is, I still don't know. I found his style of writing difficult to comprehend, finding myself re-reading paragraphs and sentences attempting to figure out what he means.
His theories are interesting and perhaps overall have some merit. But when one delves deep into his material, there is much that is incorrect and much more that is speculative. One can find errors in any writing of this type before the onset of modern dating techniques, even in the best of authors.
His theory is simple. Man started as a man-ape in sub-Sahara Africa. His original language originated there and then went to the rest of the world. He proposed this idea while man's origins were still being debated. Where Massey's works falls apart in when he compares languages and finds connections between ancient Egyptian and the language in New Zealand. He has a heavy emphasis on Egypt's influence in the world and goes so far as to compare British pub names to Egyptian mythology.

Now even if one was to suppose Massey is correct in his theory, there would really be no way to prove his details correct. He believes that any ancient word that has the same three consonant sounds in a row have a common etymology.

Massey ascertains the Egyptian hieroglyphs hail from sub-Saharan pictograms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 22, 2011
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Massey was born in 1828, to give you some idea of how old this book is. He was a self proclaimed Egyptologist, not to mention Chief Druid, at least by some claims.

The book is dated and the language stilted, and, much more important, the scholarship it contains is only considered of historical interest since, without a single exception, all Massey's points have been long refuted.

Massey's books were part of the 'History of Religions' debate among biblical scholars, which lasted from about 1880-1920. Part of the debate centered on whether or not Christianity had borrowed dogmas from other religions. The debate ended after thousands and thousands of books had been published by various people, and is now considered a dead issue in modern biblical scholarship.

It may have taken decades but it was agreed, at last, that early Christianity never borrowed any dogmas.

After all, Paul quotes--in just one of his epistles--from the Old Testament 50 times. The number of times he quotes from a Roman or Greek author? Zero.

But on to Massey's own silly errors. Here are some books on the subject will will crush all of Massey's statements like a balloon stuck with a pin:

From Jonathan Z Smith's famous essay "Dying and Rising Gods" which you can buy on Amazon today: "The category of dying and rising gods, once a major topic of scholarly investigation, must now be understood to be largely a misnomer based on imaginative reconstructions."

Also, from Nash's "The Gospel and the Greeks" which you can buy on Amazon today: " The tide of scholarly opinion has turned dramatically against attempts to make early Christianity dependent on the so-called dying and rising gods of Hellenistic paganism" (p 162).
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