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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1st English-language Ed., with Revisions and Additions edition (15 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801487293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801487293
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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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

"What, for the ancient Egyptians, was the nature of the world's governing spirits' . . . With the evidence of ancient texts, Assmann considers Egyptian theology, . . . and cults and rites. . . . This deep, analytic book is of the greatest interest not only for specialists in matters Egyptian but also for comparative studies."--Antiquity, September 2001

"The Search for God in Ancient Egypt is an excellent example of how to write an interdisciplinary work. Egyptology is deeply rooted in the translation and interpretation of ancient texts. Assmann successfully combines the primary sources with current theories to present his view on religion, piety and theology of ancient Egypt. Such an approach works well, and while this book is not an introduction, it is highly recommended to scholars and non-specialists interested in the subject."--Monica Bontty, California State University at San Marcos. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, March 2002

"Very occasionally there will appear a book, vibrant with intellectual fervor, which challenges jaded ideas and as such I welcome with the greatest admiration Jan Assmann, The Search for God in Ancient Egypt. At the outset I would urge readers to confront the complexity of the linguistic level of this book . . . because Assmann's total command of the ancient sources and his interpretative insights make joining him on his 'search' a unique experience."--George Hart. Egyptian Archaeology, Fall 2001

"A good survey of Egyptian mythology and hymnography. . . "--Steven M. Stannish, Miami University. History: Review of New Books

"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

About the Author

Jan Assmann is Professor Emeritus of Egyptology at Heidelberg University. His books include The Search for God in Ancient Egypt and Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt, both from Cornell.

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