Context of Scripture (Book), from 2003 Hallo
I came across a very interesting book yesterday. It's just over 1,500pp so I haven't read all of it yet.
THE CONTEXT OF SCRIPTURE Ed. William W Hallo
ISBN 90 04 131 051
The book is an anthology of ancient Egyptian, Ugaritic, Sumerian and Hittite Myths, Hymns, Divinations, Incantations, Rituals, Prophesies, Oracles, Epics, Fables, Law cases etc.
The Pyramid Texts were inscribed on the walls of the substructures of royal pyramids at the end of the Old Kingdom, with the same purpose as their descendants, the Coffin Texts. This spell begins by describing the material derivation of the first two elements of the world — the atmospheres above and below the earth (Shu and Tefhut) — from the single source of all matter (Atum), as a “mythological precedent'’ for the daily rebirth of the deceased king. The birth of Shu and Tefnut from Atum (Pyr. 1248) Atum evolved 1 growing ithyphallic, 2 in Helio¬ polis. He put his penis in his grasp that he might make orgasm with it, 5 and the two siblings were bom — Shu and Tefnut.
The 4 vols can be bought bon marché for £300, or at https://archive.org/details/the-context-of-scripture
(BTW, the book was published at Leyden, yes THAT Leyden.)
Holy BJesus that's a lot of book! Thanks for the tip. Give me a couple of years, and I might finish it.