The Tebtunis temple library, the only ancient Egyptian temple library of which substantial remains are still preserved, is by far the richest single source of Egyptian literary texts.
This book contains a wide selection from its stores of demotic texts, including a theological treatise; a composition in praise of Isis; a mythological account of the war of the gods against the giants; a series of manuals on divination (astrology, dream interpretation, and lot drawing); a catalogue of ritual handbooks and lists of professions and plants; a herbal describing the medical properties of a series of plants; newly discovered fragments of the Great Demotic Book of Wisdom; and fragments of several narratives. Nearly all of the manuscripts are edited here for the first time, and many of the texts are hitherto unknown.
Kim Ryholt er professor i ægyptologi på Institut for Tværkulturelle og Regionale Studier ved Københavns Universitet. Han har i over 20 år været ansvarlig for Papyrus Carlsberg Samlingen og dens udgivelsesaktiviteter.