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Assmann, Jan

Works: 1,141 works in 2,739 publications in 6 languages and 33,359 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Myths  Conference papers and proceedings  Speeches  Periodicals 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, Translator, Honoree, Author of introduction, Creator, dgs, Collector, Dedicatee, wst, wpr, Opponent, 080, 070, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Performer
Classifications: DT83, 932.01
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Most widely held works by Jan Assmann
Moses the Egyptian : the memory of Egypt in western monotheism by Jan Assmann( )

29 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 2,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nopsis 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 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. 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. --From publisher's description
Death and salvation in ancient Egypt by Jan Assmann( )

37 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his new book, Egyptologist Jan Assmann explores images of death and of death rites in ancient Egypt to provide new insights into the particular character of the civilization as a whole. Drawing on the unfamiliar genre of the death liturgy, he arrives at a comprehensive view of the religion of death in ancient Egypt." "Assmann describes in detail nine different images of death: death as the body being torn apart, as social isolation, the notion of the court of the dead, the dead body, the mummy, the soul and ancestral spirit of the dead, death as separation and transition, as homecoming, and as secret. Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt also includes a discussion of rites that reflect beliefs about death through language and ritual."--Jacket
Of God and gods : Egypt, Israel, and the rise of monotheism by Jan Assmann( )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 1,819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For thousands of years, our world has been shaped by biblical monotheism. But its hallmark--a distinction between one true God and many false gods--was once a new and radical idea. Of God and Gods explores the revolutionary newness of biblical theology against a background of the polytheism that was once so commonplace. Jan Assmann, one of the most distinguished scholars of ancient Egypt working today, traces the concept of a true religion back to its earliest beginnings in Egypt and describes how this new idea took shape in the context of the older polytheistic world that it rejected. He offers readers a deepened understanding of Egyptian polytheism and elaborates on his concept of the "Mosaic distinction," which conceives an exclusive and emphatic Truth that sets religion apart from beliefs shunned as superstition, paganism, or heresy. Without a theory of polytheism, Assmann contends, any adequate understanding of monotheism is impossible"--Publisher description
The price of monotheism by Jan Assmann( )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nothing has so radically transformed the world as the distinction between true and false religion. In this nuanced consideration of his own controversial Moses the Egyptian, renowned Egyptologist Jan Assmann answers his critics, extending and building upon ideas from his previous book. Maintaining that it was indeed the Moses of the Hebrew Bible who introduced the true-false distinction in a permanent and revolutionary form, Assmann reiterates that the price of this monotheistic revolution has been the exclusion, as paganism and heresy, of everything deemed incompatible with the truth it proclaims. This exclusion has exploded time and again into violence and persecution, with no end in sight. Here, for the first time, Assmann traces the repeated attempts that have been made to do away with this distinction since the early modern period. He explores at length the notions of primary versus secondary religions, of "counter-religions," and of book religions versus cultic religions. He also deals with the entry of ethics into religion's very core. Informed by the debate his own work has generated, he presents a compelling lesson in the fluidity of cultural identity and beliefs
Egypt : temple of the whole world : studies in honour of Jan Assmann = Ägypten : Tempel der gesammten Welt( )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cultural memory and early civilization : writing, remembrance, and political imagination by Jan Assmann( )

21 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and German and held by 1,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Now available to an English-speaking audience, this book presents a groundbreaking theoretical analysis of memory, identity, and culture. It investigates how cultures remember, arguing that human memory exists and is communicated in two ways, namely inter-human interaction and in external systems of notation, such as writing, which can span generations. Dr. Assmann defines two theoretical concepts of cultural memory, differentiating between the long-term memory of societies, which can span up to 3,000 years, and communicative memory, which is typically restricted to 80-100 years. He applies this theoretical framework to case studies of four specific cultures, illustrating the function contexts and specific achievements, including the state, international law, religion, and science. Ultimately, his research demonstrates that memory is not simply a means of retaining information, but rather a force that can shape cultural identity and allow cultures to respond creatively to both daily challenges and catastrophic changes"--
The mind of Egypt : history and meaning in the time of the Pharaohs by Jan Assmann( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned historian Jan Assmann traces the Egyptian civilization from its beginnings in the fifth millennium B.C.E. until the rise of Christianity 4500 years later through the roles of the pharaohs, priests, and the imperial bureacracy. Most strikingly, he focuses on the multiple notions of time, the structures of immorality, and the commitment to the principle of social justice and human fellowship during the time of ancient Egypt. (Originally published in Germany in 1996 under the title Agypten, Eine Sinngeschichte.)
Archiv für Religionsgeschichte by Jan Assmann( )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in German and Undetermined and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das kulturelle Gedächtnis : Schrift, Erinnerung und politische Identität in frühen Hochkulturen by Jan Assmann( Book )

77 editions published between 1977 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Welche Rolle spielt Erinnerung bei der Herausbildung kultureller Identitäten? Welche Formen kultureller Erinnerungen gibt es, wie werden sie organisiert, welchen Wandlungen sind sie unterworfen? Diesen Fragen geht Jan Assmann, Professor der Ägyptologie an der Universität Heidelberg, in einem Vergleich von drei Mittelmeerkulturen des Altertums - Ägypten, Israel und Griechenland - nach. Deutlich wird, welche Bedeutung gerade die Erfindung und der Gebrauch der Schrift für die Entstehung früher Staaten haben
The invention of religion : faith and covenant in the book of Exodus by Jan Assmann( )

11 editions published between 2018 and 2020 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Book of Exodus may be the most consequential story ever told. But its spectacular moments of heaven-sent plagues and parting seas overshadow its true significance, says Jan Assmann, a leading historian of ancient religion. The story of Moses guiding the enslaved children of Israel out of captivity to become God's chosen people is the foundation of an entirely new idea of religion, one that lives on today in many of the world's faiths. The Invention of Religion sheds new light on ancient scriptures to show how Exodus has shaped fundamental understandings of monotheistic practice and belief." --
From Akhenaten to Moses : ancient Egypt and religious change by Jan Assmann( )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The shift from polytheism to monotheism changed the world radically. Akhenaten and Moses-a figure of history and a figure of tradition-symbolize this shift in its incipient, revolutionary stages and represent two civilizations that were brought into the closest connection as early as the Book of Exodus, where Egypt stands for the old world to be rejected and abandoned in order to enter the new one. The seven chapters of this seminal study shed light on the great transformation from different angles. Between Egypt in the first chapter and monotheism in the last, five chapters deal in various ways with the transition from one to the other, analyzing the Exodus myth, understanding the shift in terms of evolution and revolution, confronting Akhenaten and Moses in a new way, discussing Karl Jaspers' theory of the Axial Age, and dealing with the eighteenth-century view of the Egyptian mysteries as a cultural model. --publisher's description
Archiv fur Religionsgeschichte( )

1 edition published in 2008 in German and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archiv fur religionsgeschichte( )

1 edition published in 2007 in German and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The search for God in ancient Egypt by Jan Assmann( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This classic work by one of the world's most distinguished Egyptologists was first published in German in 1984. The Search for God in Ancient Egypt offers a distillation of Jan Assmann's views on ancient Egyptian religion, with special emphasis on theology and piety. Deeply rooted in the texts of ancient Egypt and thoroughly informed by comparative religion, theology, anthropology, and semiotic analysis, Assmann's interpretations reveal the complexity of Egyptian thought in a new way. Assmann takes special care to distinguish between the "implicit" theology of Egyptian polytheism and the "explicit" theology that is concerned with exploring the problem of the divine. His discussion of polytheism and mythology addresses aspects of ritual, the universe, and myth; his consideration of explicit theology deals with theodicy and the specifics of Amarna religion
Religion and cultural memory : ten studies by Jan Assmann( Book )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In ten brilliant essays, Jan Assmann explores the connections between religion, culture, and memory. Building on Maurice Halbwachs's idea that memory, like language, is a social phenomenon as well as an individual one, he argues that memory has a cultural dimension too. He develops a persuasive view of the life of the past in such surface phenomena as codes, religious rites and festivals, and canonical texts on the one hand, and in the Freudian psychodrama of repressing and resurrecting the past on the other. Whereas the current fad for oral history inevitably focuses on the actual memories of the last century or so, Assmann presents a commanding view of culture extending over five thousand years. He focuses on cultural memory from the Egyptians, Babylonians, and the Osage Indians down to recent controversies about memorializing the Holocaust in Germany and the role of memory in the current disputes between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East and between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland
Exodus : die Revolution der Alten Welt by Jan Assmann( Book )

21 editions published between 2015 and 2019 in German and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Geschichte vom Auszug aus Ägypten ist eine der größten Erzählungen der Menschheit. Sie steht für die Befreiung aus Sklaverei, aber auch für die Erfindung des Glaubens an den einen Gott. Jan Assmann verfolgt die Spuren der Exodus-Erzählung zurück bis ins Alte Ägypten und nach vorne bis ins 20. Jahrhundert. Er entfaltet eine neue Theorie des Monotheismus und zeigt, warum die Geschichte vom Auszug aus Ägypten auch die Gründungserzählung der modernen Welt ist. Das Buch Exodus enthält Schlüsselszenen der Heilsgeschichte, die in Judentum, Christentum und Islam, aber auch in Kunst und Literatur eine vielfältige Wirkung entfaltet haben: von der Fron der Israeliten in Ägypten über die Offenbarung Gottes in einem brennenden Dornbusch, die zehn Plagen, die Stiftung des Passah-Festes und den Durchzug durchs Schilfmeer bis zum Empfang der Zehn Gebote und den Tanz ums goldene Kalb. Wann sind diese Geschichten entstanden? Welche ägyptischen und altorientalischen Parallelen oder gar Wurzeln haben sie, und was an ihnen ist radikal anders und neu? Wer hat diese Erzählungen schließlich zu dem Buch Exodus, dem Gründungsdokument einer neuen Religion, verbunden? Jan Assmann geht diesen Fragen auf dem neuesten archäologischen und bibelwissenschaftlichen Forschungsstand nach. Er präzisiert seine viel diskutierte Monotheismus-Theorie und erklärt die revolutionären, weltgeschichtlichen Folgen des Auszugs aus Ägypten. Platz 1 der SZ/NDR-Sachbücher im Februar 2015
Ma'at : Gerechtigkeit und Unsterblichkeit im alten Ägypten by Jan Assmann( Book )

28 editions published between 1990 and 2020 in German and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Mann und Ägypten : Mythos und Monotheismus in den Josephsromanen by Jan Assmann( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in German and Swedish and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jan Assmann geht den bahnbrechenden religions- und kulturwissenschaftlichen Einsichten Thomas Manns nach, die dieser vor allem in seinem Romanzyklus Joseph und seine Brüder vermittelt. Auf faszinierende Weise läßt er seine Leser nicht nur das literarische Kunstwerk der Josephsromane mit neuen Augen sehen, sondern vor allem auch den Schriftsteller und Kulturwissenschaftler Thomas Mann. In der Begegnung mit dem Alten Ägypten erschloß sich Thomas Mann eine kulturelle Tiefendimension der Zeit. Seine Josephsromane kreisen um die Frage, die auch Proust, Bergson und Freud beschäftigte: in welcher Weise die Vergangenheit unsere Gegenwart bestimmt, und sie geben darauf einige der klügsten, reflektiertesten und differenziertesten Antworten. Gerade in seinen Einsichten zum Wesen des Mythos, zur Entstehung des Monotheismus, zum kulturellen Gedächtnis und zur historischen Anthropologie und Psychologie erweist sich Thomas Mann als einer der bedeutendsten Kultur- und Religionswissenschaftler des 20. Jahrhunderts. Den bislang noch wenig erschlossenen Dimensionen seines Werkes geht Jan Assmann in seinem neuen Buch nach. Es geht hier um '"das mythische Selbst", einen der kühnsten Entwürfe historischer Anthropologie, die "mythische Zeit", ein Problem, das Thomas Mann auch in anderen Romanen und Essays beschäftigte, sowie um das spannungsreiche, aber für Mann in keiner Weise sich ausschließende Verhältnis von Mythos und Monotheismus. Assmann beschreibt das Ägyptenbild der Josephsromane und vergleicht die Josephsgeschichte Manns mit der biblischen Erzählung sowie ihrer ägyptischen Urgestalt
Ägyptische Hymnen und Gebete by Jan Assmann( Book )

22 editions published between 1967 and 1999 in German and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politische Theologie zwischen Ägypten und Israel by Jan Assmann( Book )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in German and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Of God and gods : Egypt, Israel, and the rise of monotheism
Death and salvation in ancient EgyptOf God and gods : Egypt, Israel, and the rise of monotheismThe price of monotheismEgypt : temple of the whole world : studies in honour of Jan Assmann = Ägypten : Tempel der gesammten WeltCultural memory and early civilization : writing, remembrance, and political imaginationThe mind of Egypt : history and meaning in the time of the PharaohsDas kulturelle Gedächtnis : Schrift, Erinnerung und politische Identität in frühen HochkulturenThe search for God in ancient EgyptReligion and cultural memory : ten studies
Alternative Names
Asiman, Yang

Asiman, Yang 1938-

Asman, Jan

Asman, Jan 1938-

ʾAsmān, Yān

ʾAsmān, Yān 1938-

Assman, Jan

Assman, Jan 1938-

Assmann, J.

Assmann, J. 1938-

Assmann, J. (Jan)

Assmann, J. (Jan), 1938-

Assmann Jan

Assmann, Jan 1938-

Assmann, Johann Chr.

Assmann, Johann Chr 1938-

Assmann, Johann Christoph

Assmann, Johann Christoph 1938-

Assmann, John

Ioannes Assmann

Jan Assmann Alman mısırbilimci

Jan Assmann deutscher Ägyptologe

Jan Assmann Duits egyptoloog

Jan Assmann egiptólogo alemán

Jan Assmann egittologo tedesco

Jan Assmann égyptologue allemand

Jan Assmann German egyptologist

Jan Assmann német egyiptológus, vallás- és egyháztörténész

Jan Assmann professor académico alemão

Jan Assmann tysk professor

Yān ʾAsmān

Yān, Asmān, 1938-

Yang A si man

Yang A si man 1938-


Yang-Asiman 1938-

Ассман Ян

Ассман, Ян 1938-

Ян Асман германски египтолог, историк на културата и религията

Ян Ассман

يان أسمان

يان أسمان، 1938-

იან ასმანი გერმანელი ეგვიპტოლოგი

아스만, 얀 1938-

アスマン, ヤン




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