October 11, 2017

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago announces the publication of a new title available in print and online.

Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt
Edited by Foy Scalf
Oriental Institute Museum Publications 39
Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2017
Pp. 376; 373 illustrations

This book explores what the Book of the Dead was to the ancient Egyptians, what it means to us today, what it was believed to do, how it worked, how it was made, and ultimately what happened to it. Edited by Foy Scalf, PhD, this volume includes fourteen essays showcasing the latest research on the Book of the Dead written by thirteen internationally renown experts as well as a complete catalog of the forty-five objects on display in an associated exhibit at the Oriental Institute Museum. Two famous Book of the Dead papyri, Papyrus Milbank and Papyrus Ryerson, are reproduced in their entirety with full-color photographs among nearly 400 illustrations for the first time. Discover how the ancient Egyptians controlled their immortal destiny and sought close association with the gods through the Book of the Dead.

Onsite purchases can be made through the Suq, the Oriental Institute Museum store. The volume is also available for puchase and download from the Oriental Institute website.

This volume accompanies the special exhibit of the same title on display at the Oriental Institute Museum from October 3, 2017, to March 31, 2018.