5 Holy Books That Predate The Bible

Sheet from a Book of the Dead, ca. 1075-945 B.C.E. Papyrus

Sheet from a Book of the Dead, ca. 1075-945 B.C.E. Papyrus, Credits: Wikimedia

Some people mistakenly believe The Bible to be the world’s first ever sacred holy text that survived to this day. While so many religious texts from pagan religions have unfortunately been lost forever, we managed to preserve and restore some texts that pre-date The Bible and you can find some examples below.


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Egyptian Book of the Dead

Unfortunately, the Book of the Dead didn’t reach us in its entirety. From what we know of it, it was made up of several texts, written on papyrus and objects. In the most general terms, The Book of the Dead was a book of spells – both religious and magical. The theme of Death and the Afterlife was one of the most prominent ones in the texts. The Book of the Dead is believed to have influenced The Ten Commandments given to Moses – it reads exactly like them, except in the Negative Registry. For example, The Book of the Dead says “I have not stolen”, whereas the corresponding Commandment is “Thou shall not steal”. The first text of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can be traced back to as early as 3150 BC.

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