JAN ASSMANN MOSES THE EGYPTIAN PDF

As such, he is the quintessential subject for the innovative historiography Jan Assmann both defines and practices in this work, the study of historical memory--a study, in this case, of the ways in which factual and fictional events and characters are stored in religious beliefs and transformed in their philosophical justification, literary reinterpretation, philological restitution or falsification , and psychoanalytic demystification. To account for the complexities of the foundational event through which monotheism was established, Moses the Egyptian goes back to the short-lived monotheistic revolution of the Egyptian king Akhenaten B. Assmann traces the monotheism of Moses to this source, then shows how his followers denied the Egyptians any part in the origin of their beliefs and condemned them as polytheistic idolaters. Thus began the cycle in which every "counter-religion," by establishing itself as truth, denounced all others as false. One of the great Egyptologists of our time, and an exceptional scholar of history and literature, Assmann is uniquely equipped for this undertaking--an exemplary case study of the vicissitudes of historical memory that is also a compelling lesson in the fluidity of cultural identity and beliefs.

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It will change the way you see a lot of things. The book is not without weaknesses. His theses have been contested and he deals with some of the criticism in the follow-up book The Price of A masterpiece that everyone should read who has an interest in: religion, violence, psychoanalysis, politics, philosophy, especially German Idealism, the Enlightenment, the Counter Enlightenment, intellectual history, translation studies, cultural memory, the hermetic tradition, political theology.

His theses have been contested and he deals with some of the criticism in the follow-up book The Price of Monotheism. I agree with another reviewer that a lot of it is careful interpretation of other authors and perhaps one would have expected more original scholarly contributions.

Yet as a work of recovery of certain very important debates and insights this cannot be valued highly enough. Plus, Assmann is a great writer and makes intellectual, cultural history read like a gripping crime novel not wholly inappropriately, as might become clear from the chapter on Freud.

Required reading for everyone with an interest in humanities. There are 56 pages of footnotes and index, so it is not really pages. Fascinating book, too, because of the other Moses writers that he comments on.

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Moses the Egyptian

Table of Contents Standing at the very foundation of monotheism, and so of Western culture, Moses is a figure not of history, but of memory. As such, he is the quintessential subject for the innovative historiography Jan Assmann both defines and practices in this work, the study of historical memory—a study, in this case, of the ways in which factual and fictional events and characters are stored in religious beliefs and transformed in their philosophical justification, literary reinterpretation, philological restitution or falsification , and psychoanalytic demystification. To account for the complexities of the foundational event through which monotheism was established, Moses the Egyptian goes back to the short-lived monotheistic revolution of the Egyptian king Akhenaten — B. Assmann traces the monotheism of Moses to this source, then shows how his followers denied the Egyptians any part in the origin of their beliefs and condemned them as polytheistic idolaters. One of the great Egyptologists of our time, and an exceptional scholar of history and literature, Assmann is uniquely equipped for this undertaking—an exemplary case study of the vicissitudes of historical memory that is also a compelling lesson in the fluidity of cultural identity and beliefs. Buy Elsewhere.

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Jewish Studies Table of contents Preface 1. Mnemohistory and the Construction of Egypt 2. Before the Law: John Spencer as Egyptologist 4. The Moses Discourse in the Eighteenth Century 5.

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Moses the Egyptian : The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism

Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Traditionalism are contradictions in terms. And yes, the Traditionalists in such circumstances need to deal with the parochialism of those who do not see that heaven is so merciful that it provided several avenues for salvation. Posted June 29, at 6: After completing his habilitation inhe was named a professor of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg in assmxnn, where he taught until his retirement in I came across this intriguing article:. Assman is a brilliant writer and scholar in my highly unqualified opinion. Many see him just in the realm of the sacred but are so assmabn to touch upon his humanity. Main feed Comments feed Podcast feed.

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