The Book of the Dead as canon

John Gee

It is a common dictum in Egyptology that the ancient Egyptians had no scripture and no canon. This idea seems to come from a narrow Protestant view of the canon, and  also appears to be an effort to marginalize study of the Book of the Dead. I will examine the concept of canon in a wider circle than Protestant Christianity and use those concepts to argue that the Book of the Dead is canonical for the ancient Egyptians.

The Book of the Dead as canon

To reference this article we suggest:

Gee, J. 2010. The Book of the Dead as canon. BMSAES 15, 23–33. http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/online_journals/bmsaes/issue_15/gee.aspx

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