As I've been reading the book "What did Africa Contribute to the Origins of Religion" by Robin Walker, I've been fascinated with Walker's work and it's led me to something I never thought I'd want to read. The Egyptian Book of the Dead.
I got a copy of E.A. Wallis Budge's 19th century translation of the Papyrus of Ani from Barnes and Noble, so I'm sure everyone here can procure a copy or find it free online. I personally wanted this in print so I can put it on my shelf.
I'm not reviewing it here (yet), but I've just JUST ***JUST*** started reading it. But two pages in and I'm already seeing obvious comparisons
For one thing, Ani is a scribe in the book and his role seems reminiscent of John in Revelation. Dare I suggest that the author of Revelation (whom I maintain is Cerinthus but we may never know for sure) had knowledge or even a copy of this Papyrus? Considering how many copies there are around the world (with chapters of the BOTD being engraved and painted and copied in a multitude of places like pyramid walls and papyrus codices, and considering how many ancient books were produced and traded in places like Timbuktu alone), it seems unlikely to me at this point that the author knew nothing of the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
Another thing is something I look forward to reading about further along in the book. When you are resurrected, it is to paradise or to judgement. If you were a rotten prick in your life, you were resurrected to judgement and a monster swallowed you and that was the second death... Also found in Revelation.
And another thing. Ani's first words in his papyrus are a praise to Ra, and he says, "Homage to thee, O thou who hast come as Khepera, Khepera, the creator of the gods."
Who is Khepera? The footnote describing this character is fascinating: "The god Khepera is usually represented with a beetle for a head; and the scarab, or beetle, was sacred to him. The name means "to become, to turn, to roll," and the abstract noun kheperu may be rendered by "becomings" or "evolutions." The god was self-created, and was the father of all the other gods; men and women sprang from the tears which fell from his eyes; and animal and vegetable worlds owed their existence to him. Khepera is a phase of Tmu, the night-sun, at the twelfth hour of the night, when he "becomes" the rising sun or "Harmachis" (i.e. Horus in the horizon). He is also described as "Khepera in the morning, Ra at mid-day, and Tmu in the evening."