From Akhenaten to Moses : ancient Egypt and religious change (Book, 2014) [WorldCat.org]
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From Akhenaten to Moses : ancient Egypt and religious change

Author: Jan Assmann
Publisher: Cairo : The American University in Cairo Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Moses, (Biblical leader); Akhenaton, King of Egypt.; Akhenaton, King of Egypt.; Moses, (Biblical leader)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Assmann
ISBN: 9789774166310 9774166310
OCLC Number: 906925373
Description: 1 volume
Responsibility: Jan Assmann.

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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.

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