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Exploring Religion in Ancient Egypt

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Exploring Religion in Ancient Egypt offers a stimulating overview of the study of ancient Egyptian religion by examining research drawn from beyond the customary boundaries of Egyptology and shedding new light on entrenched assumptions.


Discusses the evolution of religion in ancient Egypt - a belief system that endured for 3,000 years Dispels several modern preconceptions a
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Paperback, 280 pages
Published December 3rd 2014 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published October 14th 2014)
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I debated how to rate this one, because it really depends on the audience. Stephen Quirke has produced a book of intensive research; thorough, professional, deeply and vitally critical in just the sort of rigorous and innovative manner that is good for the field of Egyptology. From an academic standpoint, I struggle to fault it, and I have absolutely no doubt that it is immensely useful to experts in refreshing and rejuvenating examination, critical analysis, and debate. However, by the same tok
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Cathy Graham
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Much more interesting than I expected, after having read the first chapter. It was jam packed with sources/ evidence. Some parts were difficult to read because of Quirke's habit of referencing the author of the information actually in the sentence. (I would have preferred an asterisk and reference below so as not to spoil continuity.) There were also a couple of misprints in my copy. What made it less valuable for me however, is my own lack of knowledge of Egypt. I should have read a history boo ...more
Jason Malone
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is a dull and tedious read, which is why I have rated it 3 Stars. It is rigid, and Quirke’s referencing style constantly breaks continuity and the boring presentation of its information makes every chapter a chore.

What saves this book from a 1 or 2 Star rating, however, is the fact that what this book lacks in style, it makes up for in information. Quirks clearly knows his stuff, and has presented us with a wealth of information from sources both written and archaeological. It is a dif
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Seth Kenlon
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great book about the way the religion of ancient Egypt developed across the region, how subtle aspects of belief affected life, and how subtle aspects of life affected belief. This makes the complex pantheon of ancient Egypt make a lot more sense; consider it required reading if you intend on studying the stories of Egyptian deities.
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