Friday, January 22, 2021

The Book of the Dead and the Pharaoh of the Exodus?

RABBI DANIEL M. ZUCKER: Weighing Pharaoh’s Heavy Heart (
According to ancient Egyptian belief, a person’s heart was weighed after death to determine whether they are righteous or wicked. By referring to Pharaoh’s heart as heavy, the exodus story originally expressed the extent of his guilt.
While we're on the topic of the Book of the Dead, a new manuscript of one of its chapters has recently been recovered at Saqqara.

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