Jan Assmann. Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism . Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Pp. x, played out in the debates about Jan Assmann’s work, particularly since the publi- cation of Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism. Jan Assmann. · Rating details · 89 ratings · 11 reviews. Standing at the very foundation of monotheism, and so of Western culture, Moses is a figure not of.

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Aryan paganism is assertive; it claims that men are the makers of their fate, within limitation.

Posted July 5, at 9: Indeed, all new religions, or reform movements within religions, define themselves in opposition to what came before them. Thank you so egjptian for this Greg. Jan Assmann – – In Christoph J.

Great Subject While I love the subject this book I felt like it added little new scholarship to the discourse. It is a monotheism that is one god shy of atheism.

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.

It is equally a homily. You do not currently have access to this article. In a double irony, such conversions are only possible because of the religious freedom that these Traditionalists profess to loathe, and that freedom is the one existing political triumph of the Tradition they profess to revere.

Moses the Egyptian

This book is about the story of Moses and how it is told and retold in Western culture. Always on the peripheries are there charlatans, humanists, black magicians, materialists, satanists, powermongers and control freaks who want eternal life on their own terms, gold-lined boudoirs, and the chance to practice their lusts in accord with the motto: Equally important, Assmann aspires to something at once more tenable and more valuable than Freud.


To account for the complexities of the foundational event through which monotheism was established, Moses the Egyptian goes back to the short-lived mosfs revolution of the Egyptian king Akhenaten — B. You must accept Neo-Platonism even to criticize it. But they did not just dismiss other religions as false.

Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism by Jan Assmann

You might be able to put it off for a couple of centuries, but the spirit of whatever philosophy underlies the law and religion generally shines through and triumphs. Christian Huyeng rated it it was amazing Apr 16, Godless Jews and Secular Christians: Bosman – – Bijdragen 70 3: 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.

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. Obviously, we disagree on the larger point here. His primary narrative line is the memory of Egypt in the European scholarly imagination. Mediterranean cosmotheism is, in short, an alternative to Robert E. Assmann tells us that he wrote the book as if under a spell.

Moses invented a religious tradition that was the deliberate antithesis of that of Egypt.

Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism

Article PDF first page preview. Thus they concluded that on the essential question of honoring the reality of the divine, all religions are the same and must, therefore, be treated with respect.


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Naturally the Talmud inverts this truth with the old Semitic canard that the hate comes from the goyim who are jealous of the chosen. Assmann is no amateur. assmanb

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That question has to do with the religious distinction between truth and falsehood. It is time for Traditionalists to come to grips with the fact that where the Enlightenment has triumphed, they no longer need to pretend to be Biblical monotheists. Thus began the cycle in which every “counter-religion,” by establishing itself as truth, denounced all others as false.

I hope to review all of these in due time. If all the gods just represent one God, why not just worship the one God? The alchemists the Arabian ones, the English ones, the Catholic ones, the Protestant ones sought worthiness to understand the workings of creation by striving to mosez piety. I am reminded of an adage by an alchemist whose name I cannot think of to the effect that moes must be avaricious of time, for it is of infinite value to those who know how to use it.

Justine Garcia rated it really liked it Oct 07, Believe it or not once I started this book I just didn’t want to put it down. It will change the way you see a lot mosws things.

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