Jan Assmann. Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism . Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Pp. x, Moses the Egyptian has 89 ratings and 11 reviews. the quintessential subject for the innovative historiography Jan Assmann both defines and practices in this . 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.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Mosed and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Moses the Egyptian by Moees Assmann. Standing at the very koses 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 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 falsificationand 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 egyptixn as false. Assmann reconstructs this cycle as a pattern of historical abuse, and tracks its permutations from ancient sources, egjptian 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, Egyptiah 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. Paperbackpages. Published October 15th assmmann Harvard University Press first published To mosees what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Moses the Egyptianplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 26, Maya rated it it was amazing Shelves: Believe it or not once I started this book I just didn’t want to put it down. It is a good survey of what the people in the 17th and 18th century thought of monotheism and polytheism and how they reacted to it. The thee here of course is on Moses, and his connection to biblical texts and to Egypt. I have read some criticism of this book and the author being called Anti-Semetic, I don’t see it when reading this book.

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The author has shown and very well I think what he calls cosmothism and mono Believe it or not once Assmmann started this book I just didn’t want to put it down. The author has shown and very well I adsmann what he calls cosmothism and monotheism and how one is a reaction to another.

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Cosmotheism here is if my understanding of this book is correct refers to polytheism. He sees monotheism as a counter-religion. And it is the starting point of the concept of the “other”. It was interesting to read about possibly the first azsmann, Akhenaton, and how his religion and what happened after it from plagues was the starting point of the concept of “other” in religion. If you are studying religion then this book is one that should be read if not for the content about religion, then for the survey of what people thought of the connection between Egypt and monotheism in the 17th and 18th century.

It is dgyptian Harvard book. It will show you what many people won’t talk about: Many see him just in the realm of the sacred but are so afraid to touch upon his humanity. It is a shame if you are seminary student aswmann you don’t know such authors, big sha This book is a MUST read for any student of the Bible. It is a shame if you are seminary student and you don’t know such authors, big shame! Mosds is a must in this area.

Assmann ist ein brillanter Wissenschaftler. Fast so, als sollte es geheim bleiben, was sich dort verbirgt. Dec 01, David rated it it was amazing.

A masterpiece that everyone should read who has an interest in: Ebyptian 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 Monotheis A masterpiece that everyone should read who has an interest in: 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. Sep 24, Marti Martinson rated it it was amazing. Assman is a brilliant writer and scholar in my highly unqualified opinion.

You probably won’t be able to read for long periods of time; his deeply voluminous data may overwhelm, but you will finish this book. 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. Great Subject While I love the subject this book I felt like it added little new scholarship to the discourse. It highlighted other authors in a detailed manner, and while some original ways of looking at data did make an appearance, most of this book, while good, was an exercise in summary historiography of past authors.

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Which there is nothing wrong with I was simply expecting more original interpretation than what I actually felt like I received. Nov 28, Orde rated it really egyltian it Shelves: All we are Egyptian!!! Apr 03, Selkie rated it ass,ann not like it.

Too dry to hold one’s interest. Jan 01, Mogg Morgan rated it it was amazing. Egyptology abandons its positivist bias and returns to interpretation after too long away. Marco Regali rated it really liked it Sep 23, Ourstorian rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Rumyana rated it it was amazing Feb 21, Michael Suissa rated it liked it Jan 15, Xavier Alexandre rated it liked it Jan 17, William rated it it was ok Jan 13, Fabrizio Valenza rated it really liked it Jan 19, Hayrettin Dilli rated it liked it Oct 30, Justine Garcia rated it really liked it Oct 07, Annette Pohlke rated it really liked thd Apr 28, Christian Huyeng rated it it was amazing Apr 16, Jonathan rated it liked it Nov 11, Johannes Bertus rated it liked it Mar 25, Uma rated it really liked it Aug 30, Mikhail rated it it was amazing Mar 07, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Inhe was a fellow of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo, where he continued as an independent scholar from to After completing his assmanm inhe was named a professor of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg inwhere he taught until his retirement in He was then named an honorary professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Constance, where he is today.

Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism

In the s Assmann and his wife Aleida Assmann developed a theory of cultural and communicative memory that has received much international attention. He is also known beyond Egyptology circles for his interpretation of the origins of monotheism, which he considers as a break from earlier cosmotheism, first with Atenism and later with the Exodus from Egypt of the Israelites.

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