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Assmann, Jan

Works: 816 works in 2,279 publications in 5 languages and 28,190 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Periodicals 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, Translator, Creator, Dedicatee, Author of introduction, Honoree, dgs, 080, Opponent
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Most widely held works by Jan Assmann
The mind of Egypt : history and meaning in the time of the Pharaohs by Jan Assmann( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned historian Jan Assmann traces the Egyptian civilization from its beginnings in the fifth millennium B.C.E. until the rise of Christianity 4500 years later through the roles of the pharaohs, priests, and the imperial bureacracy. Most strikingly, he focuses on the multiple notions of time, the structures of immorality, and the commitment to the principle of social justice and human fellowship during the time of ancient Egypt. (Originally published in Germany in 1996 under the title Agypten, Eine Sinngeschichte.)
Moses the Egyptian : the memory of Egypt in western monotheism by Jan Assmann( Book )

23 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nopsis Standing at the very foundation of monotheism, and so of Western culture, Moses is a figure not of history, but of memory. As such, he is the quintessential subject for the historiography Jan Assmann both defines and practices in this work, the study of historical memory--a study, in this case, of the ways in which factual and fictional events and characters are stored in religious beliefs and transformed in their philosophical justification, literary reinterpretation, philological restitution (or falsification), and psychoanalytic demystification. To account for the complexities of the foundational event through which monotheism was established, Moses the Egyptian goes back to the short-lived monotheistic revolution of the Egyptian king Akhenaten. Assmann traces the monotheism of Moses to this source, then shows how his followers denied the Egyptians any part in the origin of their beliefs and condemned them as polytheistic idolaters. Thus began the cycle in which every "counter-religion," by establishing itself as truth, denounced all others as false. Assmann reconstructs this cycle as a pattern of historical abuse, and tracks its permutations from ancient sources, including the Bible, through Renaissance debates over the basis of religion to Sigmund Freud's Moses and Monotheism. --From publisher's description
Das kulturelle Gedächtnis : Schrift, Erinnerung und politische Identität in frühen Hochkulturen by Jan Assmann( Book )

68 editions published between 1977 and 2017 in German and Turkish and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Welche Rolle spielt die Erinnerung bei der Herausbildung kultureller Identitäten? Welche Formen kultureller Erinnerung gibt es, wie werden sie organisiert, welchen Wandlungen sind sie unterworfen? Diesen Fragen geht Jan Assmann in einem Vergleich von drei Mittelmeerkulturen des Altertums - Ägypten, Israel und Griechenland - nach
Death and salvation in ancient Egypt by Jan Assmann( Book )

30 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and German and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his new book, Egyptologist Jan Assmann explores images of death and of death rites in ancient Egypt to provide new insights into the particular character of the civilization as a whole. Drawing on the unfamiliar genre of the death liturgy, he arrives at a comprehensive view of the religion of death in ancient Egypt." "Assmann describes in detail nine different images of death: death as the body being torn apart, as social isolation, the notion of the court of the dead, the dead body, the mummy, the soul and ancestral spirit of the dead, death as separation and transition, as homecoming, and as secret. Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt also includes a discussion of rites that reflect beliefs about death through language and ritual."--Jacket
Of God and gods : Egypt, Israel, and the rise of monotheism by Jan Assmann( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For thousands of years, our world has been shaped by biblical monotheism. But its hallmark--a distinction between one true God and many false gods--was once a new and radical idea. Of God and Gods explores the revolutionary newness of biblical theology against a background of the polytheism that was once so commonplace. Jan Assmann, one of the most distinguished scholars of ancient Egypt working today, traces the concept of a true religion back to its earliest beginnings in Egypt and describes how this new idea took shape in the context of the older polytheistic world that it rejected. He offers readers a deepened understanding of Egyptian polytheism and elaborates on his concept of the "Mosaic distinction," which conceives an exclusive and emphatic Truth that sets religion apart from beliefs shunned as superstition, paganism, or heresy. Without a theory of polytheism, Assmann contends, any adequate understanding of monotheism is impossible"--Publisher description
The search for God in ancient Egypt by Jan Assmann( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cultural memory and early civilization : writing, remembrance, and political imagination by Jan Assmann( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and German and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Now available to an English-speaking audience, this book presents a groundbreaking theoretical analysis of memory, identity, and culture. It investigates how cultures remember, arguing that human memory exists and is communicated in two ways, namely inter-human interaction and in external systems of notation, such as writing, which can span generations. Dr. Assmann defines two theoretical concepts of cultural memory, differentiating between the long-term memory of societies, which can span up to 3,000 years, and communicative memory, which is typically restricted to 80-100 years. He applies this theoretical framework to case studies of four specific cultures, illustrating the function contexts and specific achievements, including the state, international law, religion, and science. Ultimately, his research demonstrates that memory is not simply a means of retaining information, but rather a force that can shape cultural identity and allow cultures to respond creatively to both daily challenges and catastrophic changes"-
Religion and cultural memory : ten studies by Jan Assmann( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In ten brilliant essays, Jan Assmann explores the connections between religion, culture, and memory. Building on Maurice Halbwachs's idea that memory, like language, is a social phenomenon as well as an individual one, he argues that memory has a cultural dimension too. He develops a persuasive view of the life of the past in such surface phenomena as codes, religious rites and festivals, and canonical texts on the one hand, and in the Freudian psychodrama of repressing and resurrecting the past on the other. Whereas the current fad for oral history inevitably focuses on the actual memories of the last century or so, Assmann presents a commanding view of culture extending over five thousand years. He focuses on cultural memory from the Egyptians, Babylonians, and the Osage Indians down to recent controversies about memorializing the Holocaust in Germany and the role of memory in the current disputes between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East and between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland
Politische Theologie zwischen Ägypten und Israel by Jan Assmann( Book )

37 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in German and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transformations of the inner self in ancient religions( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in 3 languages and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ägyptische Hymnen und Gebete by Jan Assmann( Book )

27 editions published between 1967 and 1999 in German and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Self, soul, and body in religious experience( Book )

9 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The price of monotheism by Jan Assmann( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nothing has so radically transformed the world as the distinction between true and false religion. In this nuanced consideration of his own controversial Moses the Egyptian, renowned Egyptologist Jan Assmann answers his critics, extending and building upon ideas from his previous book. Maintaining that it was indeed the Moses of the Hebrew Bible who introduced the true-false distinction in a permanent and revolutionary form, Assmann reiterates that the price of this monotheistic revolution has been the exclusion, as paganism and heresy, of everything deemed incompatible with the truth it proclaims. This exclusion has exploded time and again into violence and persecution, with no end in sight. Here, for the first time, Assmann traces the repeated attempts that have been made to do away with this distinction since the early modern period. He explores at length the notions of primary versus secondary religions, of "counter-religions," and of book religions versus cultic religions. He also deals with the entry of ethics into religion's very core. Informed by the debate his own work has generated, he presents a compelling lesson in the fluidity of cultural identity and beliefs
Representation in religion : studies in honor of Moshe Barasch( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The role of representation in religion is complex. While often perceived as essential, it is also associated in many traditions with the liability of idolatry and provokes iconoclasm. The essays in this volume examine the nuances of representation in religion and the debate concerning its place across a variety of traditions from the three Abrahamic faiths, to those of antiquity and the East. This volume consists of presentations made at an international conference held in honor of Moshe Barasch, art historian and cultural critic, who has done much to elucidate the light which representation and religion shed on each other. It pays tribute to Barasch by expanding the base of understanding and insight he has erected. It should be of interest to students of religion and of art history."--Jacket
Egypt : temple of the whole world : studies in honour of Jan Assmann = Ägypten : Tempel der gesammten Welt( Book )

12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ma'at : Gerechtigkeit und Unsterblichkeit im alten Ägypten by Jan Assmann( Book )

26 editions published between 1990 and 2017 in German and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Akhenaten to Moses : ancient Egypt and religious change by Jan Assmann( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The shift from polytheism to monotheism changed the world radically. Akhenaten and Moses-a figure of history and a figure of tradition-symbolize this shift in its incipient, revolutionary stages and represent two civilizations that were brought into the closest connection as early as the Book of Exodus, where Egypt stands for the old world to be rejected and abandoned in order to enter the new one. The seven chapters of this seminal study shed light on the great transformation from different angles. Between Egypt in the first chapter and monotheism in the last, five chapters deal in various ways with the transition from one to the other, analyzing the Exodus myth, understanding the shift in terms of evolution and revolution, confronting Akhenaten and Moses in a new way, discussing Karl Jaspers' theory of the Axial Age, and dealing with the eighteenth-century view of the Egyptian mysteries as a cultural model. --publisher's description
Archiv für Religionsgeschichte by Jan Assmann( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in German and Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Archiv fur religionsgeschichte( )

1 edition published in 2007 in German and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archiv fur Religionsgeschichte( )

1 edition published in 2008 in German and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The mind of Egypt : history and meaning in the time of the Pharaohs
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Asiman, Yang 1938-

Asman, Jan

Asman, Jan 1938-

ʾAsmān, Yān

ʾAsmān, Yān 1938-

Assman, Jan

Assman, Jan 1938-

Assmann, J.

Assmann, J. 1938-

Assmann, J. (Jan)

Assmann, J. (Jan), 1938-

Assmann Jan

Assmann, Jan 1938-

Assmann, Johann Chr.

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Assmann, Johann Christoph

Assmann, Johann Christoph 1938-

Ioannes Assmann

Jan Assmann Duits egyptoloog

Jan Assmann egiptólogo alemán

Jan Assmann egittologo tedesco

Jan Assmann égyptologue allemand

Jan Assmann German egyptologist

Jan Assmann német egyiptológus, vallás- és egyháztörténész

Yān ʾAsmān

Yān ʾAsmān 1938-

Yang A si man 1938-

Yang-Asiman 1938-

Ассман, Ян

Ассман, Ян 1938-

Ян Ассман

يان أسمان

يان أسمان، 1938-

იან ასმანი გერმანელი ეგვიპტოლოგი

아스만, 얀

アスマン, ヤン


Moses the Egyptian : the memory of Egypt in western monotheismDas kulturelle Gedächtnis : Schrift, Erinnerung und politische Identität in frühen HochkulturenDeath and salvation in ancient EgyptOf God and gods : Egypt, Israel, and the rise of monotheismThe search for God in ancient EgyptCultural memory and early civilization : writing, remembrance, and political imaginationReligion and cultural memory : ten studiesTransformations of the inner self in ancient religions