"Ra is my Lord" : searching for the rise of the Sun God at the dawn of Egyptian history /
Jochem Kahl.
Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz, 2007.
viii, 81 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
3447055405 (pbk.), 9783447055406 (pbk.)
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Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz, 2007.
3447055405 (pbk.)
9783447055406 (pbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [67]-78) and indexes.
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Die Geschichte der agyptischen 2. Dynastie (ca. 2850-2700 v. Chr.) liegt ebenso wie das Wissen um die damals verehrten Gotter aufgrund der ausserst durftigen und diffizilen Quellenlage weitgehend im Dunkeln. Auch die Abfolge der Konige dieser Zeit und ihre jeweilige Regierungsdauer sind nicht gesichert. Wurde fruher in der Agyptologie davon ausgegangen, dass der Sonnengott Ra in der 2. Dynastie verehrt wurde, hat sich diese Meinung in den letzten 30 Jahren geandert: Erst fur den Beginn der 3. Dynastie soll Ra belegt sein. Durch Studium einer bislang unberucksichtigt gebliebenen Quelle sowie durch Uberprufung weiteren der Forschung bereits bekannten, aber nicht im Zusammenhang betrachteten Materials kann der Kult des Gottes Ra nun fur die erste Halfte der 2. Dynastie nachgewiesen und fur die 1. Dynastie wahrscheinlich gemacht werden. Neben der Besprechung der Quellen werden Zusammenhange zwischen dem Gott Ra und den agyptischen Schreibern aufgedeckt und die moglichen Konsequenzen seiner Verehrung fur die Konigstheologie und die politische Geschichte der 2. Dynastie erortert. Due to extremely poor and difficult sources the history of the Egyptian 2. Dynasty (approx. 2850- 2700 bc) is in the dark just like the knowledge about the Gods worshipped at that time. Also the succession of kings and their government times are not secured. While in former times Egyptologists assumed that the veneration of the sun God Ra started in the 2nd dynasty this opinion has changed in the last 30 years: Only for the beginning of the 3. Dynasty a proof for the worshipping of Ra could be found. By studying so far unconsidered sources and by examination of already known material that has not been considered in this context the cult for the God Ra can now be secured for the first half of the 2. Dynasty and made be probable for the 1. Dynasty. Apart from the discussion of the sources Jochem Kahl uncovers the connections between the God Ra and the Egyptian writers and shows the possible consequences of these new facts for king theology and the political history of the 2. Dynasty. (Harrassowitz Verlag 2009)
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Due to extremely poor and difficult sources, we are as much in the dark about the history of the Egyptian 2nd Dynasty (c.2850-2700 BCE) as we are about the Gods worshipped at that time. Nor are we sure about the reigns and order of kings from this period. having assumed that veneration of the Sun God Re began during the 2nd Dynasty, opinion has changed over the last thirty years: evidence for the worship of Re has been found only for the beginning of the 3rd Dynasty. This book looks at hitherto overlooked sources and examines known materials in a new light to show that the cult of Re can be traced back to the first half of the 2nd Dynasty and may even be traced to the 1st Dynasty. Kahl uncovers connections between the God Re and the Egyptian writers and draws conclusions for future study of Egyptian royal divinity and for the political history of the 2nd Dynasty.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
New evidence for the veneration of Rap. 7
The inscription on volcanic ash bowl BM EA 35556p. 7
Wenegp. 13
Chronology of the Second Dynastyp. 15
Archaeological and inscriptional evidence for Horus Ra-neb/nsw-bit nb.ti Wenegp. 18
Old evidence for the veneration of Rap. 29
Personal names including the element Rap. 29
Seth-Ra Per-ibsenp. 42
Possible designations for Rap. 44
m[actual symbol not reproducible]-wrp. 49
Maatp. 51
sk.t r[superscript ']w on Second Dynasty stone vesselsp. 54
Evidence for the early veneration of Ra in later periodsp. 55
Second Dynasty: a new paradigm of the Egyptian statep. 61
List of Figuresp. 65
List of Platesp. 66
Bibliographyp. 67
Indicesp. 79
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