Lesley Jackson has studied Thoth in great depth. Her book reveals to the reader details which would take many hours of painstaking sifting through the available literature to find, and yet it is written in an easy and understandable style. In addition she has opened up the 'inner' aspects of the subject as well as the 'outer'. I would recommend this book to any serious student of Ancient Egyptian Culture.
Lesley Jackson took early retirement from the IT industry and now spends much of her time researching and writing about early religions and mythology. In this volume she presents a comprehensive study of Thoth or Dhwty [Djehuty], the ancient Egyptian god of wisdom, one of the better known of Egypt’s pantheon of deities.
The Greeks knew him as Hermes, the Romans equated him with Mercury, but to Horemheb he was “the Beaky One”, and in one important Book of the Dead spell, Thoth was addressed as “O Nosey”! Separate chapters discuss Thoth’s symbolism and iconography, his lunar aspects, and the god’s role as judge, magician and healer, his association with wisdom, creation and the afterlife and his relationships with other gods.
We discover that the baboon form of the god was created by Ra to form the moon so that people would not be afraid of the dark, and three goddess are associated with him (Maat, Seshat and Nehmataway) although virtually nothing is known to us about the relationship between them. Thoth’s more sinister side, is shown by some of the spells invoking his name: “May you strike down my male and female enemies, dead and living”. But while being wise and all knowing, the god was also seen as kind and protective: “He is of pleasing aspect, gentle, charming, loved by all”. The book concludes with the relevance today of the values associated with Thoth: literacy, justice, peacemaking, tolerance and harmony.
There are a couple of good hand-drawn illustrations, and a selection of hymns and prayers to Thoth are given as an appendix, along with a detailed bibliography. This is a well-researched and very readable work that will be enjoyed by the serious student or general reader and highlights the pivotal role played by Thoth over six thousand years of Egyptian history.
Lesley Jackson has done very thorough research into Thoth. I have been reading this book in connection with EA Budge's writings on ancient Egypt, and Stephen Skinner's book on Grecco-Egyptian Magic. Lesley lays out the known facts in a clear and comprehensible manner, which acts like a beacon of light shining into this great human era lost to the darkness of history forgotten.