ISBN-10:
0674587391
ISBN-13:
9780674587397
Pub. Date:
10/15/1998
Publisher:
Harvard
Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism / Edition 1

Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism / Edition 1

by Jan AssmannJan Assmann
Current price is , Original price is $38.0. You

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Please check back later for updated availability.

Overview

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 (1360-1340 B.C.E.). 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. Assmann reconstructs this cycle as a pattern of historical abuse, and tracks its permutations from ancient sources, including the Bible, through Renaissance debates over the basis of religion to Sigmund Freud's Moses and Monotheism. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674587397
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 10/15/1998
Series: Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jan Assmann is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Mnemohistory and the Construction of Egypt

2. Suppressed History, Repressed Memory: Moses and Akhenaten

3. Before the Law: John Spencer as Egyptologist

4. The Moses Discourse in the Eighteenth Century

5. Sigmund Freud: The Return of the Repressed

6. Conceiving the One in Ancient Egyptian Traditions

7. Abolishing the Mosaic Distinction: Religious Antagonism and Its Overcoming.

Notes

Index

What People are Saying About This

Assmann's story is as good an explanation of this history as anyone has come up with, and it must be based on a firmer foundation than anyone else's could be. It is tantalizing and inviting. No one can fault him on his scholarship or erudition. He is one of the most talented historians of the Ancient world.

Saul Friedlander

Assmann's story is as good an explanation of this history as anyone has come up with, and it must be based on a firmer foundation than anyone else's could be. It is tantalizing and inviting. No one can fault him on his scholarship or erudition. He is one of the most talented historians of the Ancient world.

Customer Reviews