My first look: When I start reading books of the caliber of “Book of the Dead” I like to read about it’s origin and how it was created. Basically background information gives a better understanding as to the nature of what you are reading. My basic first impression comes from R.O. Faulkner’s introduction from his “Book of the Dead”. It will be my own personal summation and what I saw in reading his intro. The “Book of the Dead” can be more understood today as being prayer cards that are mostly published by Servants of Jesus; I get these small cards in the mail all the time. The cards are small excerpts from the Bible, mainly the New Testament that concentrate on prayer or wisdom verses. In today’s times if we made a “Book of the Dead” all that would be required is to collect these prayer cards and randomly place them in a book. This is the same manner in which the Egyptian Book of the Dead was created. It is a cut and paste from multiple Egyptian sources mainly Coffin Text and Pyramid Text along with excerpts from Egyptian stories of the gods. Thus the Egyptian Book of the Dead is not a complete book or theology that can be summed up into a coalescent knowledge base. The only way to read the Egyptian Book of the Dead is as it was created, one spell at a time. The text that makes up the Egyptian Book of the Dead starts to appear after about the Fifth Dynasty and is first found in the Tomb of King Wenis, last ruler of the Fifth Dynasty. Before Wenis the people of Kemet had no doubt about going to the Field Of Reeds (Egyptian Heaven) in the after life but as the population grew so did that old evil act known as crime, murder and robbery. Now the old concept of all people go to Heaven was being challenged and the people had no clear way to distinguish themselves from those that commit evil acts. Spells and Utterances and Coffin text was starting to become the solution for people to believe in a guaranteed acceptance into Heaven. Basically it became text in which the deceased could use in the after life to describe their good deeds and life on earth to the gods for admittance into Heaven. A bit of information that I found disturbing but expected can be found on page 12, second paragraph of Faulkner’s book. He states that a new development in Kemet theology can be found in the Coffin Text that the Sun God is no longer Supreme. As we all know this would have been the God Atum, which Akhenaten later tried to redevelop as Aten. Osiris became the king / god under whom the blessed dead hope to spend eternity. In looking at this we can see a repetition in relating to our time today as Jesus / Osiris replacing the Supreme Being. Now that I have a grasp on the origin, purpose and perception of the Egyptian Book of the Dead I will start sharing my personal thoughts about the spells and utterances, if any.