Thoth: Egyptian God of Wisdom


Thoth: The History of the Ancient Egyptian God of Wisdom
By Lesley Jackson

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“Hail to you, O Thoth, in whom is the peace of the gods.” The Ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts, Spell 9

In Thoth: The History of the Ancient Egyptian God of Wisdom, the author and researcher Lesley Jackson presents a comprehensive and wide-ranging study of this unique god spanning six millennia. Drawing on the latest archaeological and textual research, from magical papyri and stelae to statues and wall carvings, the author explores Thoth’s diverse functions including as god of writing, magic and wisdom, creator god, judge, healer, psychopomp, reckoner of time and lunar god.

Developing from pre-dynastic origins, the worship of Thoth is discussed through the different Egyptian social classes from peasant to Pharaoh, and placed in the context of ancient Egyptian rituals and festivals; as is the later syncretisation of Thoth with the Greco-Egyptian figure of Hermes Trismegistus. In so doing the author demonstrates the pivotal role that the ibis-headed god fulfilled in many of the Egyptian myths and his functions within the three main Egyptian theologies – i.e. Heliopolitan, Hermopolitan and Memphite.

The names, animals and symbols of Thoth, lord of ritual and of words, are all considered to further reveal his complex nature, which is also viewed through the web of connections between Thoth and the numerous other Egyptian gods. Particular attention is given to his consorts, the goddesses Maat, Seshat and Nehmataway, and the implications of their relationships. This extensive and detailed work is supplemented with ancient hymns to Thoth and a survey of temples associated with him. Long overdue, Thoth: The History of the Ancient Egyptian God of Wisdom is an unmissable work on this most enduring of gods.

“Come that I may instruct you concerning…the writing which Thoth gave to the hand of his disciple.” The Ancient Egyptian Book of Thoth

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Extracts from Reviews:

“Lesley Jackson has done an awesome job explaining to the reader the multifaceted character of the God Thoth. She includes invocation to the God at the end and proffers a a very exact comparison of the Greek equivalent Hermes. The book is informative and easy to comprehend. Information is brought down brilliantly to the layman . To Avalonia Publications and Lesley Jackson all I can say is keep up the good work. ” S. Cranow, Amazon Reviewer

“I wanted to learn about Tehuti (Thoth) and this book gave me it all. Not only did it go into the History but also his followers techniques. An amazing read and well worth the price!” Tara, Amazon Reviewer

“This is a phenomenally-comprehensive, well-researched, up-to-date text on the God Djehuty (Greek: Thoth) and Egyptian Theology on the whole. The author is not an Historian, but seems to be a practicing Egyptian Polytheist,… As a Medievalist and former Classical Studies major, I can say with honesty and confidence that the quality of the research and citations are very good, though the tone of the writing is at times informal. Nevertheless, it is a very accessible book, and I highly recommend it to both Egyptian Polytheists and those interested in Egyptian Theology in a secular fashion.” S.E.B. Logan, Goodreads Reviewer

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