The Search for God in Ancient Egypt

The Search for God in Ancient Egypt

by Jan Assmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801487293

ISBN-13: 9780801487293

Pub. Date: 02/28/2001

Publisher: Cornell University Press

This classic work by one of the world's most distinguished Egyptologists was first published in German in 1984. The Search for God in Ancient Egypt offers a distillation of Jan Assmann's views on ancient Egyptian religion, with special emphasis on theology and piety. Deeply rooted in the texts of ancient Egypt and thoroughly informed by comparative religion,…  See more details below

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This classic work by one of the world's most distinguished Egyptologists was first published in German in 1984. The Search for God in Ancient Egypt offers a distillation of Jan Assmann's views on ancient Egyptian religion, with special emphasis on theology and piety. Deeply rooted in the texts of ancient Egypt and thoroughly informed by comparative religion, theology, anthropology, and semiotic analysis, Assmann's interpretations reveal the complexity of Egyptian thought in a new way.

Assmann takes special care to distinguish between the "implicit" theology of Egyptian polytheism and the "explicit" theology that is concerned with exploring the problem of the divine. His discussion of polytheism and mythology addresses aspects of ritual, the universe, and myth; his consideration of explicit theology deals with theodicy and the specifics of Amarna religion.

About the Authors:
Jan Assmann is Professor of Egyptology at Heidelberg University and the 1998 winner of the prestigious Deutsche Historikerpreis (German History Prize).

David Lorton, an Egyptologist, has translated other Cornell books, including The Twilight of Ancient Egypt: First Millennium B.C.E. by Karol Mysliwiec and The Priests of Ancient Egypt, New Edition by Serge Sauneron.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801487293
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ENG ED
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,019,836
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the German Edition
Translator's Note
1Religion: Divine Presence and Transcendence1
Pt. 1The Dimensions of Divine Presence: The Implicit Theology of Egyptian Polytheism15
2The Local or Cultic Dimension17
3The Cosmos53
4The Verbal or Mythic Dimension83
5Myth111
6On the Meaning of the Three Dimensions: Concluding Remarks149
Pt. 2Explicit Theology: The Development of Theological Discourse161
7The Unity of Discourse163
8Theodicy and Theology in the Middle Kingdom169
9The New Gods189
Abbreviations245
Notes247
Bibliography259
Index269

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