Ancient Egyptian Influence on Modern Religion

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Egypt is considered the birthplace of many world religions. It contains some of the oldest religious artifacts, texts, and art that can be traced to modern religions. Signs of early Egyptian religion date back to the Predynastic period, beginning with evidence of polytheistic worship. Many scholars have researched the development of Ancient Egyptian religion over the centuries and have studied the direct correlation between it and the modern religions of Judaism and Christianity. Questions arise as to whe Judaism developed because of social and political conditions of Ancient Egypt or rather through conscious adaptation of Egyptian stories, values, and traditions. Was it through divine inspiration that the faiths formed, or was it simply a rehash of Egyptian beliefs? Through examination of ancient Egyptian religious texts, symbolic art, and prominent historical figures, it becomes obvious that ancient Egyptian religion is the predecessor of modern Judaism and Christianity. Ancient Egyptian religion lasted more than 3,000 years and greatly transformed in the early Dynastic period around 3,000 B.C. with the unification of Egypt and the development of writing. According to history, Ancient Egyptian religion was largely polytheistic, having over two thousand gods and goddesses and ever evolving over the centuries. Egyptians did not have a word for religion because it was an intricate and part of everyday life for Egyptians. Over time, Egyptian religion changed and certain gods became more significant than others as the pharaoh in power decided. Some of the most significant gods were Amun, Ra, Ptah, Isis, Osiris, and Horus. Amun was the creator god, the father of the pharaohs and was often represented as a man. Ra was the god of ... ... middle of paper ... ... Wikipedia contributors. "Ptah." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 3 Nov. 2013. Web. 8 Nov. 2013. Wikipedia contributors. "Ancient Egyptian religion." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 4 Nov. 2013. Web. 8 Nov. 2013. Wikipedia contributors. "Moses and Monotheism." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 22 Sep. 2013. Web. 8 Nov. 2013. Wikipedia contributors. "Ankh." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 7 Nov. 2013. Web. 8 Nov. 2013. Wikipedia contributors. "Coptic cross." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 7 Nov. 2013. Web. 8 Nov. 2013. "Encyclopedia Coptica: The Christian Coptic Orthodox Church Of Egypt." Encyclopedia Coptica: The Christian Coptic Orthodox Church Of Egypt. N.p., 2006. Web. 13 Nov. 2013.
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