Egyptian Light and Hebrew Fire: Theological and Philosophical Roots of Christendom in Evolutionary Perspective

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SUNY Press, 1991 - Religion - 347 pages
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Egyptian Light and Hebrew Fire focuses on the cosmology of ancient Egypt and on derived traditions. The book outlines how the ancient Egyptian world view affected Hebrew religion, Greek philosophy, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, and early Christianity. It traces ideological roots of Western civilization back to its earliest known prototypes in the Pyramid and Coffin texts of ancient Egypt. It challenges us to refocus some of our history of early Greek philosophy, and it positively identifies Neoplatonism as a philosophized and scarcely disguised neo-Egyptian theology.
 

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Contents

Prolegomena for Methodological Reorientation in the History and Evolution of Religions
3
Heliopolitan Theology A Reconstruction
41
Heliopolitan Theology in the Pyramid Texts
61
Heliopolitan Theology in the Coffin Texts
77
Other Ancient Egyptian Theologies
97
The Monotheism of Moses
121
God and His Created World
135
Against Grand Domestication
141
Philosophy From Thales to Anaxagoras
197
Philosophy Socrates Plato and Aristotle
223
The NeoEgyptian Philosophy of Plotinus
241
Neoplatonism Ammonius and Plotinus
259
The Kingdom of Heaven at Hand
273
Gnosis Competition
291
The Kingdom of Heaven Spreading
309
Bequest of the Mother Religion
319

Israels Return to Grand Domestication
151
Universalistic Monotheism and Messianism
161
From Mythology to Philosophy
181

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Karl W. Luckert is Professor of History of Religions at Southwest Missouri State University.

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