Many people have read or at least heard the biblical story of Moses and the Ten Commandments. What I find interesting is so many know about the 10 commandments but have never heard of the 42 Laws of Maat. Maat was the Egyptian Goddess designed to avert chaos (Islet) and maintain truth (Maat) in ancient Kemet (Egypt). In the biblical story, Moses was adopted into Egyptian royalty and was educated in ‘all the wisdom of the Egyptians’ according to Acts 7:22. This means the biblical Moses would have been well aware of the 42 Laws of Maat. The laws of Maat are dated as far back as 2925 B.C.E., meaning their existence predates the commandments received by Moses by 2000+ years!
I found it very interesting that the biblical 10 commandments can be somewhat found in the 42 Laws of Maat. Could it be that Moses was inspired by ancient Egyptian teachings when he wrote the commandments?
Throughout nature and the manifested Universe, we can easily perceive that there is an inherent order; a pattern of movement and dance that rules the operational aspect of All That Is. The Ancient Egyptian people were very much aware of this underlying principle on the sublime level. The Goddess Ma’at was the epitome and the personification of cosmic order, truth, justice, and rightness. Despite being as omnipresent as Ma’at is in the Universe, the Egyptians felt that the subtle balance created by her influence could be disrupted easily. Thus, moving away from Ma’at, or away from Divine Order and truth, could only create disorder, chaos, disease and moral decay.
After her role in creation and continuously preventing the universe from returning to chaos, her primary role in ancient Egyptian religion dealt with the Weighing of the Heart that took place in the Duat. Her feather was the measure that determined whether the souls (considered to reside in the heart) of the departed would reach the paradise of the afterlife successfully.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maat