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Execration Ritual, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Execration Ritual, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

The execration ritual was intended to prevent rebellious actions by Egyptians, foreigners, or supernatural forces by textually and kinetically destroying enemies via inanimate, animal, or human substitutes. Execration rites are attested throughout Pharaonic history.


European Views Of Egyptian Magic And Mystery: A Cultural Context For The Magic Flute, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

European Views Of Egyptian Magic And Mystery: A Cultural Context For The Magic Flute, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and librettist Emanuel Schikaneder lived and created during the height of eighteenth-century interest in and fascination with Egypt. The Magic Flute's Egyptian setting would therefore evoke in their contemporaneous audience notions of a distant land with an exotic and magical culture. The numerous Egyptian elements of the work are representative of its era and are situated near the end of a continuum of European thought about ancient Egypt before the solid foundation of modern day Egyptology had been laid.


Empty Threats? How Egyptians' Self-Ontology Should Affect The Way We Read Many Texts, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Empty Threats? How Egyptians' Self-Ontology Should Affect The Way We Read Many Texts, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

Egyptologists have typically divided texts into those that dealt with the divine and those that treated the mundane. This false dichotomy is not one that the Egyptians themselves would have imposed. They saw themselves as mortal beings that interacted with the divine realm and the afterlife. The texts they created reflect this understanding, and thus we are greatly hampered when we insist that the language of a decree, threat formula, or other texts, must refer to either the mundane or the supernatural, but not both. There is ample evidence that the Egyptians often intended specific wording to invoke multiple realms ...


Approaching Understandings In The Book Of Abraham, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Approaching Understandings In The Book Of Abraham, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

The Book of Abraham is replete with important and rich doctrines for Latter-day Saints. The existence of papyri connected with the Book of Abraham furthers interest in this volume of scripture. While much research has been conducted into the doctrines and also the origins of the Book of Abraham, clearly much more remains to be done.


"Levantine Thinking In Egypt" The Footprint Of Intellectual Influence, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

"Levantine Thinking In Egypt" The Footprint Of Intellectual Influence, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

Upon examination of material and textual remains, there is a great deal of evidence for more contact with the Levant than many have supposed. This contact took the form of both Eyptians in the Levant and Asiatics in Egypt. Futhermore, the Shipwrecked Sailor bears hallmarks of Levantine literature. This famous tale may thus say something significant about Egyptian/Levantine relations. It seems to attest to intellectual influence flowing into Egypt from the Levant.


Binding With Heraldic Plants, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Binding With Heraldic Plants, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

Binding prisoners is a pictorial icon which spans the entire length of ancient Egyptian history; therefore various aspects of this image have received scholarly treatment from time to time. One sub-motif which has received little attention is the image of binding prisoners, seemingly exclusively foreign prisoners, with the heraldic plants.


Royal Executions: Evidence Bearing On The Subject Of Sanctioned Killing In The Middle Kingdom, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Royal Executions: Evidence Bearing On The Subject Of Sanctioned Killing In The Middle Kingdom, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

The pages of this journal, and other publications, have seen disagreement in the past regarding the methods of and reasons for sanctioned killing in Ancient Egypt. Some of this disagreement stems from having looked at large expanses of time without regard to change, and to arbitrarily imposed limitations. By looking at a larger corpus of evidence and restricting the examination to a specific period of time, this paper establishes that the Middle Kingdom engaged in a number of methods of sanctioned killing for more reasons than has often been supposed.


From Clay Tablets To Canon: The Story Of The Formation Of Scripture, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

From Clay Tablets To Canon: The Story Of The Formation Of Scripture, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

Presented at the 35th Sperry Symposium. The Sidney B. Sperry Symposium is sponsored by Brigham Young University Religious Education and the Church Educational System. It is difficult for us, in the age of information, to appreciate the impact of both the sweeping movements and technical advances that allowed for the creation of the canonized book we call the Bible. We live in a time when we regularly turn to written documents for the "final word", and we take for granted an astounding volume of written works and easy access to them. Indeed, it has been argued that U.S. culture ...


Ruth, Redemption, Covenant, And Christ, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Ruth, Redemption, Covenant, And Christ, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

The book of Ruth is one of the most loved stories of the Old Testament. Yet sometimes it remains just that: a story from which some readers gain little in the way of doctrine or application. We identify with the story because the principal actors are neither kings nor prophets but the average people of a typical village. There are neither mighty warriors nor great conflicts, but there are intense struggles for surviving life's difficulties and genuine battles with grief. We love the story because it is so well told, because it has characters we can identify with, because ...


Believing In The Atoning Power Of Christ, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Believing In The Atoning Power Of Christ, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

The book of Deuteronomy begins with a striking verse: "(There are eleven days journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadesh-barnea)" (Deuteronomy 1:2). Because this verse is set within parentheses and seems to relay minutia, it is easily passed over. But a close examination shows it to be one of the most thought-provoking verses in the Old Testament. Identifying two of the sites referred to in the verse makes this clear. Horeb is another name for Mount Sinai. Kadesh-barnea is the place where Moses and the children of Israel camped as they sent men into the ...


Teaching Egyptian History: Some Discipline-Specific Pedagogical Notes, Kerry Muhlestein Oct 2014

Teaching Egyptian History: Some Discipline-Specific Pedagogical Notes, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

This paper was originally given at the professional workshop In Search of Egypt's Past: Problems and Perspectives of the Historiography of Ancient Egypt; A North American workshop at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, inaugurating the Journal of Egyptian History, April 23-24, 2008, most of the remaining papers of which will appear in Fascicle 2 of this journal. While many Egyptologists teach Egyptian history, we often fail to carefully conceive of just what this means. Teaching history is more than conveying facts about a time period, it is also teaching how to analyze and (re)construct history. Our classes ...


The Religious And Cultural Background Of Joseph Smith Papyrus I, Kerry Muhlestein Dec 2012

The Religious And Cultural Background Of Joseph Smith Papyrus I, Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein

No abstract provided.


Preserving The Joseph Smith Papyri Fragments: What Can We Learn From The Paper On Which The Papyri Were Mounted?, Kerry Muhlestein, Alex Baugh Dec 2012

Preserving The Joseph Smith Papyri Fragments: What Can We Learn From The Paper On Which The Papyri Were Mounted?, Kerry Muhlestein, Alex Baugh

Kerry Muhlestein

No abstract provided.