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From Akhenaten to MosesAncient Egypt and Religious Change$
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Jan Assmann

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166310

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166310.001.0001

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Myth and History of the Exodus:

Myth and History of the Exodus:

Triumph and Trauma

(p.25) 2 Myth and History of the Exodus
From Akhenaten to Moses

Jan Assmann

American University in Cairo Press

The biblical myth of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt is analysed as the narrative representation of the turn from poly- or cosmotheism (divine immanence) to monotheism (divine transcendence) and as the political myth of Israelite ethnogenesis (the idea of the Chosen People).

Keywords:   myth, narration, revolution, revelation, law

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