A Book of the Beginnings

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Cosimo, Inc., 2007 M09 1 - 516 pages
After enjoying years as a popular journalist and poet, intellectual and freethinker Gerald Massey turned his vast studies in the field of Egyptology into A Book of the Beginnings, a bold statement that the origin of all civilization lays in ancient Egypt. His assertions, radical at the time-indeed, almost a century before the discovery of three-million-year-old human remains in Africa-resonate loudly today, when molecular biology is making corresponding discoveries alongside the still-raging creation-versus-evolution controversy. In Volume I, Massey lays the foundation of the Egypt-centric position through a scholarly comparative analysis of language, names, and mythology-delving not only into our most basic actions of naming and communicating, but also man's beloved, universal myths of death, awakenings, and love. British author GERALD MASSEY (1828-1907) published works of poetry, spiritualism, Shakespearean criticism, and theology, but his best-known works are in the realm of Egyptology, including The Natural Genesis and Ancient Egypt: The Light of the World.

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Comparative Vocabulary of English and Egyptian
HI Hieroglyphics in Britain
Egyptian Origines in Words
Egyptian WaterNames
Egyptian Names of Personages
British Symbolical Customs and Egyptian Naming
Egyptian Deities in the British Isles
Egyptian PlaceNames and the Record of the Stones
TypeNames of the People

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Page 237 - Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
Page 220 - Dumb " cake used for purposes of divination is the Tum cake that reveals, announces, and makes known the secrets of futurity. The thumb, the lower member of the hand is named after the god of the lower world. This too was a type of Tum, the diviner in the dark. Hence the allusion of the witches : — " By the pricking of my thumbs Something wicked this way comes,™ The thumb foretold.
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Page 34 - Yet thus saith the Lord God; At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered: and I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their habitation ; and they shall be there a base kingdom.
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