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The Song From the Tomb of Neferhotep (1.31)
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Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Egyptian Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus; Harpers’ Songs


When they first appeared in the Middle Kingdom, the texts known as Harper’s Songs were designed to praise death and the life after death. But in the famous Harper’s Song from the Tomb of King Intef, preserved in a papyrus copy, the praises of the afterlife were replaced by anxious doubts about its reality, and by the advice to make merr…

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Lichtheim, Miriam, “The Song From the Tomb of Neferhotep (1.31)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 04 June 2020 <>

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