Moses And Monotheism (1939) PDF book by Sigmund Freud

Moses And Monotheism 

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Moses and Monotheism shocked many of its readers because of Freud's suggestion that Moses was actually born into an Egyptian household, rather than being born as a Hebrew slave and merely raised in the Egyptian royal household as a ward (as recounted in the Book of Exodus). Freud proposed that Moses had been a priest of Akhenaten who fled Egypt after the pharaoh's death and perpetuated monotheism through a different religion and that he was murdered by his followers, who then via reaction formation revered him and became irrevocably committed to the monotheistic idea he represented.


An excerpt from the translator:

PARTS I and II of this book were published in German in Imago in 1937; Part III has not previously appeared in print. I am indebted to Mr James Strachey and Mr Wilfred Trotter for kindly reading through this translation and for making a number of valuable suggestions. I have also had the advantage of consulting the author on some doubtful points.


CONTENTS


PART I

MOSES AN EGYPTIAN - - - - n

PART II

IF MOSES WAS AN EGYPTIAN 29

PART III

MOSES, HIS PEOPLE AND MONOTHEISTIC

RELIGION 89

PREFATORY NOTES 89

SECTION I:

1. The Historical Premisses 95

2. Latency Period and Tradition - 107

3. The Analogy - - - 116

4. Application - - - 129

5. Difficulties - - - - 148

SECTION II:

1. Summary - - - - - 163

2. The People of Israel - - 166

3. The Great Man - - - 169

4. The Progress in Spirituality - 176

5 . Renunciation versus Gratification 182

6. The Truth in Religion - 193

7. The Return of the Repressed - 197

8. The Historical Truth - - - 201

9. The Historical Development - 207

GLOSSARY 217

INDEX - - - 219


Author: Sigmund Freud
 Publication Date: 1939
Translator: Katherine Jones

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