Ancient Alphabets & Hieroglyphic Characters Explained: With an Account of the Egyptian Priests, Their Classes, Initiation, & Sacrifices, in the Arabic Language (Google eBook)
W. Bulmer & Company, 1806 - 190 pages
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This is a very interesting book. The writer gets the credit for deciphering the Egyptians hieroglyphs before the French did. He did it in the 9th century, and of course it follows that the Rosetta Stone wasn't discovered yet. He deciphered the inscriptions 1,000 before they were commonly known to be deciphered by the French linguist Jean-François Champollion. He relied on the legacies of the Egyptian language in the surrounding area, especially the Coptic language. His deciphering are astonishingly accurate or maybe the most accurate since there is no firm ground on which we could contrast his results with the French's, but both works are overwhelmingly similar. He gives brief and precious accounts of the Egyptian social classes. The writer seems to be the missing piece of puzzle that links the Egyptians with the Abrahamic religions. He has accounts on how the Egyptians became pagans after they were believers in God and that the first King of Egypt was the God Hermes, who is known to the East as Idriss (Son of Adam). I am very inspired by Jean-François Champollion but Ibn Al-Wahshiya, to me, has overshadowed him.
He has other precious books that I am after: 'The Sun of Suns and the Moon of Moons' and 'Filahât al-Nabâtiyyah (Nabataean Agriculture)'.
I enjoyed the book. It's worth reading. It's a journey to the distant past