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Hegener, W. (2013). ‘The exodus from Egypt remains our point of departure’: The Covert Tradition in Sigmund Freud's Moses and Monotheism by Yigal Blumenberg Brandes & Apsel, Frankfurt/M, 2012; 428 pp; 39,80€. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 94(5):1038-1043.

(2013). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 94(5):1038-1043

‘The exodus from Egypt remains our point of departure’: The Covert Tradition in Sigmund Freud's Moses and Monotheism by Yigal Blumenberg Brandes & Apsel, Frankfurt/M, 2012; 428 pp; 39,80€

Review by:
Wolfgang Hegener

A number of years ago Harold Bloom (1990) formulated the thesis that the supreme intellectual accomplishments of modern Judaism were due primarily to three authors: Franz Kafka, Gershom Scholem and Sigmund Freud. This claim is impressively corroborated and fleshed out by the book under discussion here using meticulous (textual) analyses. The book centres around Freud's late work and legacy, Moses and Monotheism [original German title: Der Mann Moses und die monotheistische Religion], which is not only a treatise on cultural theory but also carries within it the legacy of the whole of Freudian psychoanalysis.

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