Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Creation Through Hieroglyphs: The Cosmic Grammatology Of Ancient Egypt

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

There are two fundamental models of conceiving the origin of the world, an intransitive and a transitive one. This chapter refers to the intransitive model by the term &t;cosmogony&t; and to the transitive one by the term &t;creation&t;. The creation by speech, or the speech act as a major means of creation, seems to be the great innovation of the New Kingdom, after some significant precursors in the Coffin Texts of the Middle Kingdom. The Memphite Theology has always been interpreted as the closest Egyptian parallel to the Biblical idea of creation through the word. The totality of creation is encompassed in the term "all things and all hieroglyphs". The sacred texts which were written in hieroglyphs are called "scrolls of divine speech".

Keywords: Biblical creation; cosmogony; hieroglyphs; Memphite Theology



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Poetics of Grammar and the Metaphysics of Sound and Sign — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation