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5.0 out of 5 stars Extensive, June 29, 2005
This review is from: The Gods of the Egyptians, Volume 1 (Paperback)
I disagree that Budge did not mention that Christianity came from Egyptian religion. He did mention, in one of the first chapters that both Judaism, Christianity and Islam all are rooted in traditional Egyptian religious practice. I found that statement highly enlightening. And although he does pay tribuite to the classical Western view that ancient Egyptians were "half savage," he does clarify that he disagrees with that statement. In Budge's opinion, the Egyptians are clearly complex in their religious beliefs depending on where they lived and no broad statements of condemnation can be made about what little we understand of them. I do think he holds a high opinion of the ancient Egyptians, and although I cannot read hieroglyphics I trust that what he writes is to the best of his knowledge (at the time) correct.
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Initial post: Dec 17, 2006 4:28:20 PM PST
Judaism rooted in Egyptian religion, I don't think so, if one reads the Exodus account, and deuteronomy, it is quite clear that Israel was commanded not to do what the Egyptians did, and to serve only one God, and his Torah. This is far from being rooted in Egyptian religion, the very fact that plaques on Egyptian gods read 'I am Ra' as an example echoes when Moses who was raised as an Egyptian asks God his name, and God replies very aptly to Moses's Egyptian mentality at the time, 'I am that I am,' in other words nothing named him, and he is infinite. Neither is Christianity rooted in the Egyptian Religion, it branched out from Judaism, it was the Coptic/Gnostic influence on Christianity when it was accepted and adapted into their Egyptian theology, and reinterpreted with their pagan beliefs, this is how Christianity came to be infected with pagan influences as in Isis becoming Mary. I have the second volume in this series and have found it useful, but it is not an easy read, and often eratic and leaving out information such as dates when he talks about the worship of a god from one period and then into another, which throws you around when you want to concentrate in one dynasty and the worship of a particular god in that time, it would of been nice if the worship of each god was laid out in a chronological order of its worship throughout Egypt's history.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2010 9:06:06 PM PDT
Clarence says:
Actually all the Torah myths owe more to the Sumerians. On top of that the Kabbalah structure was acquired
from the Babylonians.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 5:23:42 PM PST
I think it is extremely likely that Judaism as well as Christianity was born out of Egypt & completely plausible. I think once one is able to wrap the mind about the fact that the Hebrews were in fact culturally Egyptian it makes it easier to digest. And just like the Catholic Church had a series of offshoots & break-off churches such is the similar case with Egypt. The One God was a break-off from the Ennead tradition spear-headed by Pharaoh Akhenaton! With a few character editing a dash of time sequence shifting BOOM we have a people who longed for independence & to form their own new way in a land where they were not FIRST slaves or second class citizens. It's only logical that these Hebrews would be of the notion to do away with any oppressive reminders of where they came from including creating or choosing a different god system one that theoretically might unite them as one nation of one mind under ONE God!
A book I am reading on this subject is "The Bible Myth: The African Origins of the Jewish People" by Gary Greenberg
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