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(1973). American Imago. XXIX, 1972: Moses and Monotheism:Guilt and the Murder of the Primal Father. Stephen Reid. Pp. 11-34.. Psychoanal Q., 42:318-319.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Imago. XXIX, 1972: Moses and Monotheism:Guilt and the Murder of the Primal Father. Stephen Reid. Pp. 11-34.

(1973). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 42:318-319

American Imago. XXIX, 1972: Moses and Monotheism:Guilt and the Murder of the Primal Father. Stephen Reid. Pp. 11-34.

The author is in essential agreement with the central arguments of Moses and Monotheism. However, two criticisms that have been raised deserve consideration: 1, there is scant relationship between the Aton religion and that of

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Moses or subsequent forms of Judaism; 2, Moses, although a father imago, must have been very different from the primal father postulated by Freud. Reid meets the first criticism with the observation that the critics and Freud as well failed to distinguish between the origin of the Mosaic religion and the inevitable alterations it underwent when forced upon a chosen people. In response to the second criticism, Reid concedes that there were differences between Moses and the primal father, and then goes on to explain aspects of Jewish history and religion on the basis of these differences.

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Article Citation

(1973). American Imago. XXIX, 1972. Psychoanal. Q., 42:318-319

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