The Search for God in Ancient Egypt
Cornell University Press, 2001 - 275 pages
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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PART ONE THE DIMENSIONS
The Verbal or Mythic Dimension
Theodicy and Theology in the Middle Kingdom 169
The New Gods 189
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Abydos action Akhenaten Amarna religion Amun Amun-Re ancient ancient Egypt aspects Assmann Atum Coffin Texts connected constellation context cosmic cosmos created creator cult statue culture death deceased deities dimension of divine divine presence divine realm djet Dynasty Egypt Egyptian concept Egyptian religion Ennead essence experience explicit theology expressed eye of Horus father festival framework goddess gods Hatshepsut heart hidden Horus and Seth human humankind hymns icons implicit inscriptions Instruction for Merikare Isis king kingship land light Light-land literature live lord Maat manifestation meaning Middle Kingdom mythic nature neheh Nephthys netherworld Old Kingdom Osiris Papyrus piety plenitude polytheistic priest primeval Pyramid Texts radiant power Ramesseum Ramesside Period reality reference religious ritual role royal sacred sense Solar Theology speech spell sphere sun's course Tefnut temple Thebes theological discourse Thoth throne tion tomb traditional transfigured unity words