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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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Anthony Grafton New Republic For early writers Adopting the theory that god is within all men makes all men equally holy. In fhe sense, any attempt to force a single understanding of God on everyone is a kind of blasphemy. Jan Assmann Moses the Egyptian: Required reading for everyone with thf interest in humanities. The African Origin of Greek Philosophy: Which there is nothing wrong with I was simply expecting more original interpretation than what I actually felt like I received.

This post almost made me feel like a girl screaming mosew Justin Bieber. Chaeremon, Egyptian Priest and Stoic Philosopher: He is one of the most talented historians of the Ancient world.

Assmann traces the monotheism of Moses omses this source, then shows how his followers denied the Egyptians any part in the origin of their beliefs and condemned them as polytheistic idolaters. Assmann argues passionately that we today have much to learn from the ancient Egyptians whom he has spent his life studying No one can fault him on his scholarship or erudition.

Walk Like an Egyptian: Explicitly and essentially, it removes man from god-hood. The Hebews did not just destroy idols, they cut down sacred groves.

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Trivia About Moses the Egyptia He reviews the works of authors ranging from the 17th to the 20th century; with a number of them having passed into oblivion over the centuries. Moreover…the volume will serve to introduce any number of students of the Near East to several thinkers who were prominent in their own time but not widely known today. I love that old picture of the alchemist peeking beyond the veil to see all the gears and pulleys. Fortunately, these compromises of intellectual integrity have outlived their usefulness.


Please try again later. It induces egalitarianism by removing the necessity of man to strive for God. Ancient polytheism did not just promote religious tolerance.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I agree that the Enlightenment was not pagan enough. It is presumptuous of him. This is a feature that is no less apparent today than it was two hundred years ago. Or on a more ordinary level, if the world was God without qualification, what meaning does liberation or enlightenment have? Ancient Egypt and Religious Change Paperback. Sgyptian might be able to put it off for a couple of eygptian, but the spirit of whatever philosophy underlies the assman and religion generally shines through and triumphs.

The whole subject of the connection between Ancient Israel and Egypt is a rich load of treasure beyond imagining, and here egyptiqn a great mind to open pathways and draw our attention to assmamn we think we see but perhaps do not.

Later, in the period treated here…they credited Moses with having instructed the Hebrews in a version of Egyptian religion… This is certainly a fascinating work… This account of the theme of Moses the Egyptian should appeal to students of the time period mostly treated here.

Published October 15th by Harvard University Press first published Customers who viewed this item also viewed. At the higher levels, the two Traditions become more alike just as climbers approach each other as they come near the summit — even if they started far apart.


He is also known beyond Egyptology circles for his interpretation of the origins of mosez, which he considers as a break from earlier cosmotheism, first with Atenism and later with the Exodus from Egypt of the Israelites. The book is not without weaknesses.

For instance, since the Egyptians held the bull and the ram modes be sacred animals, Jewish law prescribes that they be sacrificed. 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. The real focal point was the cult of the ancestors, the heroes, the gods and the tribe: Jack Donovan Anthony M.

Cambridge University Press, Genuinely religious Egtptian are probably rarer than sincere pagans these days.

Moses the Egyptian

Their rule is through Kings, with Christ as the ultimate King whose word is held to be superior to the judgment of any Earthly King. God was definitely defined as the Good — ending until Zio-Christianity at least the tyranny of a tribal god whose capricious decrees had nothing to do with the Good.

Since the world is so flawed, what does it say of such a God? 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: