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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It also helped promote peace between nations in an age of constant ebyptian and bloodshed. Howard paganism, a paganism without barbarism. 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. Posted June 29, at 2: I can not recommend this book and this man too much! I like everything about modernity that you hate, for the very reason that you hate it.

Anthony Grafton New Republic For early writers The Bible is full of the wonders of Nature as is the Koran.

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The book is highly recommended, and…quite a good read. Moses as Intelligent Designer. The Aassmann of Monotheism Paperback. People see what they can see and must filter ideas accordingly.

I admit that such desacralization is one possible outcome of having a radically transcendent God. Thus with the Mosaic distinction, the claim of exclusive truth gives rise to religious intolerance and violence.

Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism

Elegantly argued, impressively documented, and written in eloquent English, Moses the Egyptian offers challenging new findings on the early history of monotheism, and a new reading of the place of Egypt in modern Western culture–and it puts both into the larger context of a theory of cultural memory.


Freud tried fhe describe Moses as he aassmann was Assman is a brilliant writer assjann scholar in my highly unqualified opinion. The African Origin of Greek Philosophy: It highlighted other authors in a detailed manner, and while some original ways of looking at data did make an appearance, most of aasmann book, while good, was an exercise in summary historiography of past authors.

Later, in the period treated here Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Bosman – – Bijdragen 70 3: Sign In Forgot password? Chaeremon, Egyptian Priest and Stoic Philosopher: Freemasonry is a complex phenomenon. Posted July 1, at 9: Although popular at this time, it has not been proven to occur in individuals let alone ethnic groups or nations.

His article almost reads like a piece of the Order of the Nine Angles. But according to Egyptologist Jan Assmanpeople who practised the ancient religions we call pagan did not see the world in this way.

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

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Fabrizio Valenza rated it really liked it Jan 19, Although the texts of the Corpus Hermeticum are written in Greek and Latin and date from the second and third centuries CE, Assmann argues that the core ideas of the Corpus Hermeticum and related lore about ancient Egyptian wisdom are indeed consistent with genuine Egyptian sources that are far older than the time of Moses, meaning that there was an unbroken tradition that transmitted genuine Egyptian wisdom teachings to the Ancient Greeks and Romans and through them to the modern world.

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When he lived in Egypt, he was a Muslim. Therefore, before you can reason, you must accept Neo-Platonism.

Moses the Egyptian

American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. Posted May 1, at 4: 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.

JeeLoo Liu – manuscript. Lists with This Book. Assmann has produced a learned study whose theses will themselves endure in the scholarly memory. And since the differences between divine names, images, myths, and rites do not interfere with the essential function of religion, they are not impediments to the truth but rather the ways in which the divine manifests itself to different peoples.

Assmann points out another instance of an Egyptian wisdom text incorporated in the Bible. This tendency is especially strong in Christianity.

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

The idea of a universal divine order served as a foundation for international law and peace between nations. The miniscule number of people playing dress up in a forest?

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