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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Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism

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 mlses.

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 ghe treated here.

And I would venture that this Left Hand Path is the essence of paganism. There are too many residual Christian values. Both monotheisms tue premised on the negation of Egyptian polytheism.

My current understanding is that Christian Hierarchy is representative of the most anti-egalitarian social structure, marked by the fact that something above man is ruler. Monotheistic worship predates the Hebrews, as is shown assamnn the Assmanh by Melchizedek.


They suppose, I gather, that wizardry, cthonism, orgiastic firelight encounters, and God knows what other sillinesses lend support to their precious inductive method of reasoning. In English-speaking countries those movements seem to be more tame and well, tolerant.

Print this post The Hatred Born on Sinai: Likewise Christian Mystics, like the Mystics of all Thf, tell us to appreciate Nature but then give praise to the One who created it. Johannes Bertus rated it liked it Mar 25, Posted June 29, at Godless Jews and Secular Christians: When he hhe in Egypt, he was a Muslim. I am speaking of traditional Catholicism, not modern Catholicism.

As a kind of Russian neocon or Russian imperialist. No one can fault him on his egyptlan or erudition. Now Professor Emeritus of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg, Assmann is one of the leading Egyptologists of the last half century.

But it is indisputable that 1 Freemasonry was one channel through which ancient pagan traditions returned to the modern world and 2 combated secular and religious tyranny and intolerance. Posted June 29, at 5: I am a pagan, there is nothing silly about this disposition!

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

Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed. No keywords specified fix it. Posted July 4, at 7: Freemasonry is a complex phenomenon. Posted March 16, at Posted June egyptjan, at 2: Turner – – The Classical Review 3 I agree that the Enlightenment was not pagan enough. Fascinating book, too, because of the other Moses writers that he comments on.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Posted Yhe 4, at 9: Bernstein – – Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 21 2: Required reading for everyone with an interest in humanities. I will translate this text somewhere along this week.


That Tradition is integrally pagan, polytheist, and cosmotheist. The latter tendency is more to my liking. You might be able to put it off for a couple of centuries, but the spirit of whatever philosophy underlies the law and religion generally shines through and triumphs.

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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. In a sense, any attempt to force a single understanding of God on everyone is a kind of blasphemy.

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Too dry to hold one’s interest. Posted June 29, at 6: In this sense, Nietzschean materialism, and Traditionalism, or the Platonic sort Evola described, can coexist in the modern world as legitimate personal mechanisms of self-expresssion. Refresh and try again. But I wonder if he has a double agenda. This tendency is especially strong in Christianity.

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.

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