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Great Sphinx The Nile
Leisure Temple
The mummy
Book of the Dead
The Gods
Old and New Kingdom
The writing and scribes
Room Campana
Room of Bronzes


Mummy covered
with "cardboard"               N 2627

Sully Room 15 showcase 1

Ptolemaic Period,

III - II century BC

Linen fabrics, linen coated and painted ("cardboard")

It is mainly for religious reasons that the Egyptians embalmed their dead. Their concept of life after death was related to a desire to stay in contact with the physical world. They believed that their bodies would serve for eternity and would be brought back to life.

  Mummy, Bible and Embalming

The Bible mentions only two cases specifically defining embalming.

Both took place in Egypt.

"After that Joseph commanded his servants, the physicians, to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel." - Genesis 50:2

Embalming of Joseph, important man, is the last mention of this practice in the Bible.

The preparation of the body of Lazarus shows that the Jewish custom does not include a method of embalming complicated for a long shelf life (John 11:39-44). We just prepared the body with spices and fragrant oils. This was also the case for the body of Jesus (John 19:38-42).

As faithful Jews, Christians understand that the soul dies and the body returns to dust. - Ezekiel 18:4.

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