excerpted from: Chapter 10, The Journey
Visionaries Thrive In All Times by J.Hamilton
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The existence of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, translated as the Book of Great Awakening, and sometimes translated as the Book of the Mistress of the Hidden Temple,10 has no known earliest age. According to Sir E. A. Wallis Budge,11 possibly the foremost Egyptologist and translator of the Book of the Dead, the earliest known depictions are copies of earlier versions sourced far into antiquity for which no physical records exist.12
The Book of the Dead, commonly thought to be funerary rites, contains far more. The contents, attributed to Thoth, depict the trials and tribulations of initiates attempting to traverse the full realization of the essential divine nature of man and the recovery of the full knowledge and powers of his divine spiritual nature.13 This very sophisticated knowledge, unlike cave-painting or simplistic carvings that grew into more, was an existing language of record and outpouring of knowledge, for which we have almost no understanding of its origin. Apparently, the information contained within the Book of the Dead came from an earlier time and place.
It is interesting to note that many of the stories, laws and wisdom depicted in the Old Testament are earlier recorded in the Book of the Dead. The Ten Commandments, known to have been delivered “from the hand of God” to Moses in around 1500 B.C., were far earlier referenced in the Egyptian Book of the Dead (Chapter CXXV),14 as was a recounting of Noah’s flood. Interestingly, the phrase “In the beginning was the Word,” normally attributed to the Book of John, was far earlier recorded as the words of Thoth recorded in the Book of the Dead.15 Apparently, stories and wisdom recorded in the Old Testament are rehashes of earlier times, echoing stories and myths of our ancient past.
It is apparent that the Old Testament is a recycling of the myths of antiquity as best could be done at the time. There was no way to know the lineage of stories recounted, other than to say that the authors had minimal perspective of a far earlier time. It was legend, dutifully recorded by the eyes and ears of a time that little understood its roots. Humanity was far older than it had eyes to see, and we are just beginning to glimpse.
Reference another VTAT Excerpt:
Our Ancient Heritage
10 The Secrets of the Great Pyramid, by Peter Tompkins, pg. 260.
11 Former Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum and renowned Egyptologist.
12 In the Introduction of The Egyptian Book of the Dead written by E.A. Wallis Budge, he states that the Book of the Dead “long” predates the first king of Egypt king Menes, estimated to have reigned in 5800 B.C. Clarification: Budge wrote The Egyptian Book of the Dead as a translation of the ancient Book of the Dead.
13 Secrets of the Great Pyramid, by Peter Tompkins.
14 The Sign And The Seal, by Graham Hancock, Trade Paper, Chapter 13, pg. 313 (footnote 3).