Analysis of Moses and Monotheism by Sigmund Freud Essay

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Moses and Monotheism Moses and Monotheism was the last book that was ever written by Sigmund Freud. In 1939, the year that Sigmund Freud died in London, the book was published. London was where he took up residency with his family so that they could escape Nazi harassment against Jewish people in Austria; this is the area that Freud felt safe. Sigmund Freud was Jewish, and he opposed anti-Semitism. Freud was refused promotions because of his religion. Freud’s anti- Semitic generation of this time would not pay interest to his ideas. Discrimination was out of control in the late 1920's when Sigmund Freud wrote for a moment on the way that Jews were being treated. He could not understand why, given Jesus was Jewish too. Freud's people had …show more content…

On the other hand, the name Moses comes from Egyptian vocabulary. The Egyptian word Mose means “child”. The S at the end was added from Greek translation from the Old Testament. If this would be the case them Moses is truly an Egyptian and not Jewish. However, if this was the situation, Moses must have adopted the Jewish people as his own, and since Moses was the one in contact with God, he must have passed on his ideas of God to the Jewish people. Moreover, Freud also argued on the base that mythology like that of the Oedipus, was foretold to Moses father that he was a threat, and so his father ordered for Moses to be abandoned. Even though Moses was the king to be, he was raised by the people who saved him. This is usual of the hero myth in which the unfamiliar hero from a lower class is transformed into a king by this abandonment myth. However, in Moses situation, the myth is inverted. He is not a dignified king to be saved by people. He is a person saved by a princess. This myth is usually the opposite way around. Freud reasoned that this myth had to be altered to accommodate Moses Egyptian origin. Part two is called If Moses Was an Egyptian. In this part of the book Sigmund Freud tries to comprehend the ideas that would have led Moses to take on the leadership of the marginal number of people who were to become Jews and inflict a new belief (religion) upon them. Moses then decides that

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