“Judaism: The Survival of The Egyptian Priesthood” – J.Adam Snyder
Despite the polytheism of ancient Egypt, the Priesthood was actually monotheistic. The Priesthood of Egypt constituted a belief in one Supreme God who was without image, however the masses found such a concept to be impossible for them to understand. This was especially the case as the vast majority the population was illiterate at the time.
In response, the Priesthood created physical representations and mythological poems to help teach the various spiritual aspects of the one Supreme God. As the ages passed however, the masses (including the Pharoah) started mistaking these physical images and fables as being literal gods themselves. This created the first esoteric divide, with the small Priesthood knowing the true meaning of the symbols and the ignorant blindly worshipping such symbols as divine idols.
It also lead to the slow downfall of Egyptian prosperity, as what was once benevolent spiritual wisdom became a dogmatic organized religion by the masses, with the Pharoah arrogantly believing himself to be a god. The original Priesthood did not have the political power to prevent this corruption, and were forced to keep the truth hidden for its own protection by establishing a deeply mystical system invoked in symbolism. Among the many similarities between Judaism and ancient Egypt, perhaps the greatest similarity involves the Ten Commandments found in the Book of Exodus within the Torah, and the commandments found within the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
1 – I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.
2 – You shall not recognize other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
3 – You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
4 – Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant, your animal or your stranger within your gates.
5 – Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
6 – You shall not murder.
7 – You shall not commit adultery.
8 – You shall not steal.
9 – You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10 – You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Compare this to the commandments found within the Book of the Dead that an Egyptian was expected to keep within his lifetime in order to be judged righteously by Anubis in the Underworld:
“Hail to thee, great God, Lord of the Two Truths. I have come unto thee, my Lord, that thou mayest bring me to see thy beauty. I know thee, I know thy name, I know the names of God who are with thee in this broad hall of the Two Truths . . . Behold, I am come unto thee. I have brought thee truth; I have done away with sin for thee. I have not sinned against anyone. I have not mistreated people. I have not done evil instead of righteousness . . .
1 – I have not reviled the God.
2 – I have not laid violent hands on an orphan.
3 – I have not done what the God abominates .
4 – I have not killed; I have not turned anyone over to a killer.
5 – I have not caused anyone’s suffering . . . I have not copulated (illicitly); I have not been unchaste.
6 – I have not increased nor diminished the measure, I have not diminished the palm; I have not encroached upon the fields.
7 – I have not added to the balance weights; I have not tempered with the plumb bob of the balance.
8 – I have not taken milk from a child’s mouth; I have not driven small cattle from their herbage . . .
9 – I have not stopped the flow of water in its seasons; I have not built a dam against flowing water.
10 – I have not quenched a fire in its time . . .
11 – I have not kept cattle away from the God’s property.
12 – I have not blocked the God at his processions.”
This suggests some profound notions:
The first being evident that the ancient Jews did in fact live in ancient Egypt at some point in their history. The second being the story of Moses miraculously receiving the Ten Commandments via divine intervention on Mt. Sinai from God may not be an actual event at all (or at least, a greatly exaggerated one), but rather the ancient Jews took the Commandments found within the Egyptian Book of the Dead and adopted them within their culture, reforming its teachings to suit their own.
This makes even more sense if Moses was an actual historical figure (the debate is still out on that one), and if he was, the story of him being adopted by the Pharoah as that would imply he was raised within the Egyptian priesthood and took their spiritual teachings with him. The Book of the Dead is not the only aspect that Judaism shares with ancient Egypt. The phrase “Amen” originates from the Egyptian sun-deity, “Amun-Ra.” The Kabbalah (Jewish Magic and Mysticism) also shares many similarities to the ancient Egyptian Priesthood inner mystical teachings.
The Star of David, which did not originate from David, was from his successor Solomon. The Star is in fact the Key of Solomon, which is an ancient occultic symbol believed to conjure and control djin (spirits), which Solomon to construct his temple. This symbol can also be found among the Egyptian Priesthood. It is therefore conclusive to state that Judaism is the survival of the ancient Egyptian Priesthood religion, learned by Moses and taught to the Israelites who then adopted and reformed it as their own.
© – J.Adam Snyder