The Egyptian creation story Shat enti rekh kheperu nu Ra sekher Apep ("The book of knowing the evolutions of Ra and of overthrowing Apep") says: "Nuk (I am) pu (he who) kheper (came into being) em Khepera (in the form of Khepera) kheper-na (I became) kheper (the creator) kheperu (of all that came into being)".
In another story, Ra is uttering: "Anuk (I am) ashu (of many) rennu (names) asht (of many) kheperu (forms or existences) au (is) khepera-a (my form or existence) unu (living) em (in) neter (god) neb (every)".
Thus, 'nuk' or 'anuk' means "I (am)". And it is interesting to see that the Egyptian creation story portrays God as One "of many names" as well as "living in every god", which means unity in multiplicity and "monotheism" and "polytheism" reconciled.
'Anuk Ausar' ("I am Ausar, or Osiris") is at the core of the Egyptian mysteries, the teaching of the One divinity dwelling within the manifold creation, and, consequently, within man too.
Thus, the "I am" (Greek 'Ego eimi') of the Gospel story is but a reflection of the ancient Egyptian 'Anuk' or 'Nuk'. Likewise, the Hebrew 'Eheyeh asher eheyeh' ("I am that I am") of Exodus 3:14 must be an echoing of the Egyptian 'Nuk pu nuk'.
Eheyeh (in Hebrew letters AHIH), "I am", is also associated with the first and foremost of the Ten Sefiroth of the Qabbalistic Tree of Life, which is the same as the ancient Egyptian teaching. AHIH (Eheyeh) should not be mixed up, though, with the more famous and yet so mysterious YHWH (Yah-Havah) of Exodus 3:15, which carries other meanings.
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