The Egyptian tales witness to some of the great moments in the history of Egyptian literature and represent the earliest beginnings in world literature. Many literary critics do not seem to know the importance of Egyptian prose tales told for entertainment (including C. S. Lewis, who does not know that the "marvelous that knows itself as myth" was alive and well by 1800 BCE). Unlike some other ancient states, both Israel and Egypt wrote epic tales in prose. And these great prose stories are important for the study of the Hebrew Bible. Some of the most exciting narrative prose parallels to the Hebrew Bible are found in the stories from Egypt. The details may vary, but in the setting, the purpose, the vocabulary, and the genre of the stories, one can find many similarities. Contents 1 The Story of Sinuhe: A Wanderer on the Earth 2 The Enchanted Prince 3 The Story of the Shipwrecked Sailor 4 The Journey of Wen-Amon 5 A Dialogue between a Man and His Ba
Endorsements & Reviews-
"The ancient Egyptians were masters of the prose story, from short-story to novelette. These stories are windows into history, to be sure, and as such informative of the biblical world. They are, at the same, works of wisdom, magnificent examples of the literary art. They are 'telling,' in every sense of the word. Loren Fisher has brought the best of them together in an engaging and insightful form, enabling us to read these very old stories as if they were recounting the recent past." --Baruch A. Levine New York University
"Fisher is at it again, making the history and literature of the ancient Near East alive for us now. Here are stories from ancient Egypt that transcend historical distance. We recognize our own interests, strengths, and weaknesses in these stories. We see also a deep kinship between the storytellers of Israel and the even earlier storytellers of Egypt. This book is of value both to the ordinary reader and to the scholar." --John B. Cobb, Jr., Emeritus Claremont School of Theology
Loren R. Fisher
Loren R. Fisher was Professor Hebrew Bible at the Claremont School of Theology and Professor of Semitic Languages and Literature at the Claremont Graduate University. He has taught at the University of California at Berkeley and at the University of Montana. He is the author of Genesis, A Royal Epic and the editor of The Claremont Ras Shamra Texts.