The Search for God in Ancient Egypt

The Search for God in Ancient Egypt


By (author) Jan Assmann, Translated by David Lorton

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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: 122,185

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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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"What has made Assmann not only an eminent Egyptologist, but, in Germany, a public intellectual as well, is his sympathetic operation from within Egyptian texts coupled with a deep and detailed knowledge of Western intellectual history. . . . We are very fortunate to see his extraordinary scholarship appearing at last in English, and owe our thanks to . . . Cornell University Press and David Lorton, as well as, of course, to Assmann himself, for this excellent new opportunity." Tom Hare, Princeton University, Cambridge Archaeological Journal 12:2, October 2002"