Brian Alm

Brian Alm,, M.A., University of Chicago, is a retired magazine editor and former university instructor, and now an amateur Egyptologist and adjunct professor in Rock Island, Illinois, U.S.A., where he lectures on Egyptology as an independent scholar.

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Ancient Egyptian Religion, Part 2 – Concepts of Creation, God, and Eternity

In Part 1 of this series I presented three guiding ideas of Egyptian religion: order (maat), duality (polarity, balance), and magic (heka). In this part I speculate briefly on how it all began and then we will see how the ancient Egyptians explained cosmogony (the creation of the universe) and deified the principles of Creation and order on Earth. [more…]

Edition - July, 2011

Book Review: Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt by Emily Teeter

If you’ve read Emily Teeter’s other books on Egyptology or her catalogues for the exhibits she manages at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, you will expect this book to be full of great detail and thorough scholarship, delivered with ease in a flowing style that makes it a fast read and enjoyable throughout. If those are your expectations, you will be rewarded.  [more…]

Ancient Egyptian Religion, Part 1. The Conceptual Foundations

Ancient Egyptian Religion, Part 1. The Conceptual Foundations


This article, the first of a five-part series on Ancient Egyptian religion, will lay these conceptual foundations for all that follows: cosmic order, maat; duality, the balance of binary aspects of a whole; and magic, heqa, which makes everything possible. Subsequent articles will cover the major theologies, Creation myths and associated deities, resurrection and eternity, and the religion as it is expressed in temple and tomb architecture, ritual, art and writing. [more…]