Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To zoom in or out on PEP-Web…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Are you having difficulty reading an article due its font size? In order to make the content on PEP-Web larger (zoom in), press Ctrl (on Windows) or ⌘Command (on the Mac) and the plus sign (+). Press Ctrl (on Windows) or ⌘Command (on the Mac) and the minus sign (-) to make the content smaller (zoom out). To go back to 100% size (normal size), press Ctrl (⌘Command on the Mac) + 0 (the number 0).

Another way on Windows: Hold the Ctrl key and scroll the mouse wheel up or down to zoom in and out (respectively) of the webpage. Laptop users may use two fingers and separate them or bring them together while pressing the mouse track pad.

Safari users: You can also improve the readability of you browser when using Safari, with the Reader Mode: Go to PEP-Web. Right-click the URL box and select Settings for This Website, or go to Safari > Settings for This Website. A large pop-up will appear underneath the URL box. Look for the header that reads, “When visiting this website.” If you want Reader mode to always work on this site, check the box for “Use Reader when available.”

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Fenichel, O. (1943). The Covenant of Abraham: Géza Róheim. Int. J. Psa., XX, 1939, pp. 452–459.. Psychoanal Q., 12:145.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Covenant of Abraham: Géza Róheim. Int. J. Psa., XX, 1939, pp. 452–459.

(1943). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 12:145

The Covenant of Abraham: Géza Róheim. Int. J. Psa., XX, 1939, pp. 452–459.

Otto Fenichel

Among skeletons excavated in Palestine, some were of children who had been sawed through the middle. This is given as proof for the existence of Canaanitic human sacrifices. According to the Bible, Abraham, in making a covenant with God, cut the sacrificial animal into two parts. The ritual consists of cutting a victim into two pieces between which the partners to the covenant have to pass. This represents the union of the two partners, and also serves as a threat against breaking the contract. Róheim supplements this general anthropological interpretation. (1) The ritual is a sign that there has been a war which is to be followed by peace. (2) It is a birth (rebirth) symbolism. (3) The birth symbolism is complicated by the destruction of a body.

- 145 -

Article Citation

Fenichel, O. (1943). The Covenant of Abraham. Psychoanal. Q., 12:145

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.