Sharifa H. Reid
History 101   3/15/2010

The Book of Coming for by Day and by Night (Book of the Dead), Torah, The Tao, Bhagavad Gita, and New Testament are five sacred texts are responsible for developing some of the most prominent religions in our current society.   But before we can decipher these texts and become to even understand the purpose we have to understand religion. “A man’s religion is the audacious bid he makes to bind himself to creation and the Creator. It is his ultimate attempt to enlarge and to complete his own personality by finding the supreme context in which he rightly belong” (Allport (1950 p.142). Religion brought order to the people, and with this order civilizations were able to thrive successfully. “A religion is a unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things…(Durkheim (1912) 1995 p. 44)” The vessel in which these beliefs can be taught, learned and manifested are through the sacred text that serve as directives and instructional as to how to achieve a closer relationship with God. The common formula for a religion is a belief, a following, and a text.
Egyptian Book of the Dead

Egyptian Book of The Dead is a general body of text which has reference to the burial of the dead and to the new life, in the world beyond the grave (Budge 1967, xi). This has been believed to have existed in revised editions to be in use among the Egyptians from about B.C. 4500 to the early centuries of the Christian era. About one third of the chapters in The Book of the Dead are derived from the earlier coffin texts (Goelet, Ogden 1998 p.137). Ancient Egyptian religion was not based on firm theological principles. Its primary focus was simply the interaction between humans and the gods (Redford (2002) p.62). Because Egyptian mythology predecessor for a lot of sacred text. Egyptian ideology is prevalent in many religions presently in practice. Although many believed the Egyptians were monotheistic on the contrary they beloved...