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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book. The book brings together the proceedings of a conference with the same name, held in Göttingen in September, 2011, and is devoted to the "father" in the pagan religions. It demonstrates the various aspects that can be linked to talk of a divine father or of divine parenthood: "Father of Fathers, Mother of Mothers, God as Father in Ancient Egypt". The Ancient Egyptian theology was the "donor culture" for the Old Testament. The concept of the divine father was always important in ancient Egypt, on three different levels. The first level is the idea of creation. A second decisive aspect of the divine parenthood is its importance for the Egyptian royal ideology. A third aspect is that of deities as parents of deified human beings.

Keywords: Ancient Egyptian theology; divine father; divine parenthood; Old Testament; pagan religions

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