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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting theory
This book, published in 1938, gives some historical information on an Egyptian pharaoh called Akhenaten, who was the first (and only) Egyptian pharaoh to pursue an exclusive monothestic religion, meaning he only worshipped one god and insisted no other gods were worshipped. Being that he was pharaoh, the whole of Egypt had to comply. His reign didn't last that...
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1.0 out of 5 stars content is great
yes content is great, great mind explaining great religious revolution in a very thorough manner.
but the content on the other hand is sh*t, how? because an editor who put it together could nod read.
footnotes are embedded haphazardly in the main text making it a journey not unlike trough someone's subconscious memories.
dont buy it now, wait till they find...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting theory, 8 Feb. 2013
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This book, published in 1938, gives some historical information on an Egyptian pharaoh called Akhenaten, who was the first (and only) Egyptian pharaoh to pursue an exclusive monothestic religion, meaning he only worshipped one god and insisted no other gods were worshipped. Being that he was pharaoh, the whole of Egypt had to comply. His reign didn't last that long.

Freud then starts theorising about the origins of Judaism based on what is known about it from historical evidence and biblical teachings. His views are highly controversial and have been dismissed by many; however it does provide some explanation on, for example, why the Jewish Old Testament God is so much different to the New Testament Christian one.

Worth a read, in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual but pleasant confusion, 27 Mar. 1998
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Reading Freud is always a pleasure, especially his essays on Religion and Culture. His style is so refined and clear, that I have often wondered if it wasn't one of the reasons for the wide approval he received. The strange thing in reading about the origin of a religion is that it confuses and forces you to start from 'tabula rasa'. Being raised a Catholic, I can't help but 'subconciously believing' Jewish religion older than Moses, whereas Freud claims that he started it. But the confusion is very enlightening and intellectually tantalizing. Although much of his views on the Egyptian origin of the name 'Moses' have been scientifically doubted, the book is still powerful enough to make you think. And that, I believe, is a rare quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A positive and questioning study of Monotheism, 26 Aug. 2014
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An insightful, thought provoking and beautifully honest account of the psychological underpinnings of the Old Testament and it's followers from the mind of Freud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and follow, 25 Aug. 2014
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A fascinating book tracing the possible origins of Moses and the rise of Monotheism. Easy to read and follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Jan. 2015
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Great read for any one interested in the true history of the Abrahamic faiths.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and capitivating essay on monotheism., 13 Oct. 1998
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. It's a page turner -- a brilliant uncovering of the historical Moses. This book is also so affecting because Freud wrote it right before and during the holocaust. The background that he is writing from is part of the drama of the book. Read this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 27 Aug. 2014
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Considering the age of this work it's good
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1.0 out of 5 stars content is great, 17 Jan. 2014
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yes content is great, great mind explaining great religious revolution in a very thorough manner.
but the content on the other hand is sh*t, how? because an editor who put it together could nod read.
footnotes are embedded haphazardly in the main text making it a journey not unlike trough someone's subconscious memories.
dont buy it now, wait till they find literate editor, than buy it quickly before they will rise the price.
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