“Opening the Way of Writing: Semiotic Metaphysics in the Book of Thoth”
September 24, 2013
Recently I was greatly honored to participate in a Festschrift volume for an eminent scholar, Birger A. Pearson. The book is Practicing Gnosis: Ritual, Magic, Theurgy and Liturgy in Nag Hammadi, Manichaean and Other Ancient Literature. Essays in Honor of Birger A. Pearson, ed. by April D. DeConick, Gregory Shaw, and John D. Turner (Leiden: Brill, 2013). It’s a beautiful volume, with a wealth of outstanding essays. I was fortunate enough to be able to publish here a major interpretive essay on the recently published Demotic text known as the Book of Thoth. This essay, titled “Opening the Way of Writing: Semiotic Metaphysics in the Book of Thoth,“ is now available to download on the Theology page. This essay will be of interest to anyone concerned with Egyptian theology or with writing as a sacred practice. I hope you enjoy it. My thanks again to the editors for all their hard work, and especially to Gregory Shaw, a scholar and a gentleman, for providing me this opportunity.