Moses and Monotheism

Questions of the origins of the Jewish religion, traditions, and practices have been discussed a lot lately. Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychology, and an Austrian Jew who had to flee Austria during the Nazi annexation, wrote his final work (a masterpiece) on the speculative psychological history of the Jewish people. Thematically, this final book, Moses and Monotheism, varies greatly from all of Freud’s previous work; although, an earlier work, Totem and Taboo, shares certain theoretical elements.

In Moses and Monotheism, Freud speculates that the religious tradition of the Jews is an amalgamation of at least two previous traditions (maybe more), namely a monotheistic Egyptian sect and a volcano god of one of the Canaanite tribes in Midian. I personally believe there were other influences, which caused additions, edits, and retractions to the Torah as we have it today.

While I cannot agree with all of Freud’s speculations here, there is much Truth contained in it, and it is a very valuable addition to our understanding of psychology, religion, and history.

I have downloaded Freuds work onto my Kindle, and will read it after the Kolbrin, Kailedy, and Gwineva !!!
Lots to read…

Do you know what the greatest line in this book is? When Freud is talking about the break he takes in writing it for fear of persecution at which time he come the England and says how fantastic it is that he can come and live in England and be free.

If it was not for the fear of our own persecution perhaps we could feel such chivalry again, in a time of peace.