- Paperback: 530 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (11 July 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0631193960
- ISBN-13: 978-0631193968
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 680 g
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History of Ancient Egypt Paperback – 11 Jul 1994
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"The range of recent revisions, particularly chronological, and the ever increasing amount of archaeological material demanded a new synthesis. Here it is, both lively and well written." Le Quotidien de Paris.
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Nicolas Grimal recounts the political, cultural and economic history of the Egyptians within the framework of an intricate and well-argued chronology. At a time when the vast accumulation of information from ancient Egypt is becoming almost too diverse for a single mind to encompass, he has managed to transform - without disguising current gaps in knowledge - disparate sources of evidence and the findings of many different disciplines into a coherent historical sequence. This is in itself a considerable achievement: it has also provided the means of presenting one of the most scholarly and at the same time most readable histories ever written of a civilization whose mysteries and achievements have fascinated the West for well over two millennia.
For the paperback edition a section of further reading in English has been prepared by Kent R. Weekes, Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo.
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The chapters on the Old and New Kingdom were particularly strong - the interrelationship of politics and religion were very clearly written. The chaptes on the first and second intermediate periods and the Middle Kingdom were more diffucult for me to follow, although that may be more a function of my lack of familiarity than the fault of the author. All in all, an excellent introduction, certainly accessable for the lay reader.
Grimal starts his history from millions of years ago (Eph. 4:18).
The text of the Bible concerning the impact Joseph and the Israelites had on Egypt (Genesis 41-47) is not taken into account (p. 6).
Grimal says “there is no surviving Egyptian source describing the Exodus,” although he said one pharaoh (Merneptah) may have died in pursuit of the Hebrews (p. 258-9). Maybe the Egyptians kept no record of it was because they were totally humiliated.
Ironically, Grimal carries on the image Egypt has in the Bible, which is the godless place where God’s people came from to reach the Promise Land (Deuteronomy 17:16, 1 Kings 11:1,2, Isaiah 31:1, 1 John 2:15).