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This is way out of my area of expertise, but isn't there also Daniel's
interpretation of the writing on the wall at Belshazzar's feast in
Daniel 5 (mene, mene, tekel, parsin)--you've been weighed in the
balance and found wanting. The scales as an image of judgment?

Best from Anchorage,

Dan

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U of Alaska Anchorage
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ms Brenda M. Cook" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sunday, January 30, 2005 5:45 am
Subject: Re: Christianization of Eastern motifs

> medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and
> culture
> > One of the clearest eastern motifs that was actually Christianized,
> however, was the
> > weighing of souls in Last Judgement images.  Even though one of
> the four
> riders in
> > Revelations holds a pair of scales, the weighing imagery itself
> can be
> traced quite
> > precisely back to New Kingdom Egypt, where books of the dead
> contained> illustrations of Osiris (or Thoth?) weighing souls.
> According to Louis
> Reau, it was
> > Coptic Christians who first adapted this motif to a Christian
> context.
>
> Is it not the Archangel St Michael who holds the scales (=Balance)
> in which
> to weigh souls ?  And doesn't Chaucer have a reference somewhere
> to "St
> Michael's weigh"?
>
> Brenda M.C.
>
>
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