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The Enigmatic Netherworld Books of the Solar Osirian Unity: Cryptographic Compositions in the Tombs of Tutankhamun, Ramesses VI, and Ramesses IX (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis) Hardcover – April 13, 2004

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  • Series: Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis (Book 198)
  • Hardcover: 683 pages
  • Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (April 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3525530552
  • ISBN-13: 978-3525530559
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,793,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John E.D.P. Malin on March 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Dr. John C. Darnell had altered the complete direction of scholarly Egyptology with the publication of this treatise. It literally changed the academic focus of the next two generations of future scientific Egyptologists. His learned scholars under his tutorage have contributed more knowledge to our understanding of both ancient and modern literary scholarship. The notion of intertexuality is merely one point.

He is rightfully a learned professor of Egyptology at one of our most academic universities in the United States, Yale University. He has painstakingly recreated the mental consciousness of the learned Egyptian priesthood in the last days of the authnetic traditions of Egyptian religious-magical culture before the vulgar intrusion of Hellenistic ideas in the Corpus Hermeticum. His command of language, lexicography, grammar and texts require three lifetimes to assimmilate for the average person. He is a savant!

No one serious about the origin of Christianity, or its theological structures, can deny themselves access to this treatise. For those of you reading this review, if you do not come from moneyed family, go to your local banker, and ask him/her if they can make a donation to your library in which to buy this book. You will be surprised how bankers aid in these matters. This sort of scholarship is not cheap! The business criminal age we live in does not afford patronage of this sort of first-rate Egyptological scholarship.

If you are a person of comfortable means, then buy this book for your favorite holy man or undertaker. They will learn the origins of their craft.

I cannot believe that I have the privilege to be the first one to comment on this brilliant magnum opus. Notice I have not given any pertinent insights into the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DAJ on December 26, 2014
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Um. It's hard to know what to say after Mr. Malin's review, but I thought I should give people a more levelheaded assessment. (I thought he might be one of the fans that Darnell seems to have attracted at Yale, but apparently Malin reviews everything in that style.)

Nobody seems to have extensively studied the enigmatic books before Darnell, so this book does a welcome service. It also discusses the nature of Egyptian cryptographic writing (really complicated wordplay with hieroglyphs) and the development of the early Egyptian underworld books, not just this one. So, just to be clear, this book is really technical, not for somebody who's not acquainted with Egyptian funerary texts.

That said, the book isn't going to revolutionize Egyptology. In fact, it fits with a trend in recent years. Egyptologists increasingly appreciate the very sophisticated symbolism in Egyptian religious texts, which is a good thing. Some of them probably go a bit overboard, drawing so many connections between symbols and ideas that I start to doubt the Egyptians made all these connections in their own minds. Darnell does that here, though the most tangential connections are relegated to the footnotes. Most of his larger interpretations are probably sound, and because of its thoroughness and the difficulty of the text, this book will probably be the definitive study of the enigmatic books for years to come.
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