Egyptologist addresses ancient beliefs on resurrection of the dead

Dr. Lanny Bell, professor of Egyptology at Brown University, will discuss "The Reunion of Body and Soul: Sacred Sexuality and Resurrection in the Netherworld" Thursday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Paulus Lecture Hall at the Willamette University College of Law. The event is free and open to the public.

Bell's lecture will address the ancient Egyptian belief of the resurrection of the dead, which is depicted in the subterranean corridors of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings (1570-1070 BCE).

According to the decorations in these tombs, nightfall initiates the sun's death in the west and thus begins the sun's journey through the passageways of the Netherworld. After the sun successfully completes its dangerous excursion, it triumphantly emerges on the eastern horizon at dawn.

Bell will explore how the Egyptian gods, their universal creator, king and the world of the dead unite in this journey and how this complex speculative New Kingdom theology clearly expresses the Egyptians' consummate faith in the power of life over death.

Bell has taught for more than 40 years. In addition to being a professor and scholar, he is a prominent leader in the documentation of the monuments of ancient Egypt and the interpretation of ancient Egyptian culture. He specializes in the temples of Thebes, Egyptian epigraphy and ancient Egyptian divine kingship.

Since 1967, Bell has conducted fieldwork in Luxor for the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania and for the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology at Willamette University and the Archaeological Institute of America. For more information, contact Andrea Foust at