. Shows how the cult prov Bojana Mojsov tells the story of the cult of Osiris from beginning to end, sketching its development throughout 3,000 years of Egyptian history. I too had the distinct impression that I would be reading an intensive study of the worship and cult activities of Osiris. But the author had a decision to make about how to present concepts of Osiris in the New Kingdom and did something with the text that was difficult to understand. I found reading this book to be very frustrating.
A little was covered in this book. Ra, and Amun were two important gods who became interwoven in some ways with Osiris over many hundreds of years. It was well illustrated, had one subject like this book, but fully discussed the history in a well-written manner. Maybe I'm being too hard on this book, because I already know most of what it says about Osiris and his worship. Shows how the cult provided direct antecedents for many ideas, traits and customs in Christianity, including the concept of the trinity, baptism in the sacred river, and the sacrament of the Eucharist.
The author relies far too much on classical sources instead of Egyptian ones or the archaeological evidence, and much of the text is very brief, essentially skimming over the key points at best. If you're looking for a nice quick overview on the history of Egypt and religion this is probably a good book to read. If one did not understand the history of Egypt before reading this book one would certainly not even know what was going on. Osiris was the god of the underworld, of death, but also of resurrection, and important in that it was he who welcomed the newly dead but surviving souls to the life everlasting and to their first trial after death, the trial of the heart and the feather. Hundreds of bronze figures of Isis nursing her infant found in temples and households became the models for the Christian figures of the Virgin and Child. This is the first book to tell the story of the cult of Osiris from beginning to end. Demonstrates that the cult of Osiris was the most popular and enduring of the ancient religions.
Finally, the deceased's heart was weighed against a feather. Reading, chanting, and prayers for the god's resurrection were spoken at the tomb. The description on the back made it sound like a religious history on the cult of Osiris, and how the religion and the perception of the god changed over the history of Egypt. Through them many Egyptian cults were spread to Rome and thus to the Roman Empire as a whole. Written for a general, as well as a scholarly audience.
But loose similarity does not prove direct influence, and not many people have studied the question as rigorously as they should. Bojana Mojsov was born in Skopje, Macedonia. Bojana Mojsov tells the story of the cult of Osiris from beginning to end, sketching its development throughout 3,000 years of Egyptian history. This book is arranged chronologically, which might be useful for seeing how Osiris and his myth developed over time. The description on the back made it sound like a religious history on the cult of Osiris, and how the religion and the perception of the god changed over the history of Egypt. This book read more like a popular history of Egypt.
The parts relating to Osiris, his myth etc. However, it spends too much time describing wider events in Egypt, so much so that a lot of it feels like a rehash of Religion and Magic in Ancient Egypt. Written in jargon-free language, this book will interest anyone in Egyptian history, politics or religion as well as those interested in the Egyptian contribution to Christianity. The author relies far too much on classical sources instead of Egyptian ones or the archaeological evidence, and much of the text is very brief, essentially skimming over the key points at best. But apart from some descriptions from the book of the dead there was nothing talking about his cult for the middle kingdom, and no mention of who his priests were and what they did. I was disappointed, and others will probably feel the same once they start reading the book.
Not written for specialists or scholars, highly recommended. More serious are misleading or inaccurate statements. Mojsov copies another phrase, with no attribution or quotation marks, from Erik Hornung's The Secret Lore of Egypt. She is a celebrated Egyptologist and has worked in the Egyptology Departments of both the Metropolitan and Brooklyn Museums in New York. I have read a great number of books on Ancient Egypt and so, therefore, knew much of the history. Steadily, the story of Osiris had spread beyond Egypt and around the entire Mediterranean.
Yes, it's very possible that elements from Egyptian religion influenced Christianity, and scholars should not simply ignore that possibility. Bojana Mojsov tells the story of the cult of Osiris from beginning to end, sketching its development throughout 3,000 years of Egyptian history. I wonder if the knowledge of Egyptian religion is just much poorer because it is so ancient, and there is no established history of exactly what happened and how things changed and what the priests did and how the rituals and rites evolved. It definitely is the way they write it, personally I would have liked more of the history of Osiris and less of the general history. I suspect that this information is available. Instead what we get is a general history of ancient Egypt, and a mediocre one at that. Osiris: death and afterlife of a god.