> Go directly to a translation of the source
> material ... definitely not to Mercer!
What you're saying here whether intentionally or not is that there's no reason anyone should translate it into English and that it can't be understood except in Ancient Egyptian.
This seems something of a paradox since if you understand Ancient Egyptian AND English there should be no reason you can't translate it.
You're also implying that Allen's concept of ancient Egyptian beliefs are by definition correct and that his translation is just as incomprehensible as any of them. While I agree with the last part of this the ONLY reason they are incomprehensible is that they were written in a scientific language that can't be translated unless you know as much science as he who uttered the sentence. It required knowledge and logic for me to crack open this language. I didn't have to invoke concepts nobody else can understand or invoke the concept that it can't be understood unless you speak Ancient Egyptian. These are superstitions as surely as the belief that the authors were superstitious bumpkins. It is illogical to propose a language can exist that is so complicated it can't be understood in any other language. It is illogical to interpret the PT in terms of the book of the dead and then announce it is like the book of the dead based on such analysis.
Egyptology is illogical and as soon as they start talking about superstition giving people strength and knowledge everyone should have seen this.
The king is naked and this is getting a might embarrassing having to continually point it out.
The king was freed from his bandages and arose on the smoke of incense but this isn't the king who is parading around in his birthday suit. That king is firmly established in heaven and the nekkid king believes he is firmly established on earth despite that the winds blowing away the shifting sands under the construct is also flowing unencumbered around his nudity.
It's time to sit down and ask yourself the same questions I've been asking for years.