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The bull Apis

N 390

Reign of Nectanebo I?
(379-361 BC), 30th Dynasty

Serapeum Saqqara

originally painted limestone

This statue was discovered in a chapel located on the long processional way leading to the catacombs of Apis.
During his lifetime, the Apis bull was kept in Memphis and worshiped as the incarnation of the god Osiris. It is sometimes associated with the god Ptah.
A national mourning was declared on his death. This certainly influenced the idolatrous Israelites who succumbed to the worship of the golden calf. - Psalm 106:19, Acts 7:39-41.
Stèle commémorant l’enterrement du
taureau Apis
N 406
547 avant J.-C. (26e dynastie)
Sérapéum de Saqqara
According to Herodotus, the Egyptians were the most religious of men. Each town had its local deity who carried the title "master of the city." This pantheon of over 500 different Egyptian gods clearly bears the stamp of a Babylonian heritage.


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