The Search for God in Ancient EgyptPaperback
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- Publisher: Cornell University Press
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 8mm | 272g
- Publication date: 1 March 2001
- Publication City/Country: Ithaca
- ISBN 10: 0801487293
- ISBN 13: 9780801487293
- Edition statement: English.
- Sales rank: 107,633
First English-language edition, with revisions and additions by the author.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.
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"Well researched, this is most definitely a serious book for scholars and students interested in the subject. Recommended reading for all." Frankie's Review of Ancient Egypt"