During the early nineteenth century a group of ancient Egyptian votive stelae was discovered in the small chapels of Deir el-Medina. This paper examines the terminology for divine mercy in the stelae and compares it to that of a corpus of Biblical Psalms. Both corpora of prayers interpret suffering as a divine punishment for wrongdoing and so rely on the intrinsically forgiving nature of the deity for absolution. They therefore emphasise this attribute of the deity, revealing underlying concepts of how divine mercy will be experienced and how best to attain it.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|