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Freud's Moses: Judaism Terminable and Interminable

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This remarkable book provides fascinating new insights into Freud's intentions in writing Moses and Monotheism-his only work specifically devoted to a Jewish theme. Yerushalmi presents the work as Freud's psychoanalytic history of the Jews, Judaism, and the Jewish psyche-his attempt, under the shadow of Nazism, to discover what has made the Jews what they are. In the proce...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 28th 1993 by Yale University Press (first published July 28th 1991)
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It's always a challenge for me to rate the books on my "Lord help me I'm just not that bright" shelf. This is an academic book. It sometimes felt dry or turgid. I really had to concentrate on every page; when I found myself skimming, I had to force myself to go back so as not to lose my connection with the book. And this happened a lot.

But I still had to give it five stars. It was so impressive. It may sound paradoxical to say that this was a challenging read and that the writing was great, but...more
As I have come to expect from Yosef Yerushalmi, this book is learned and fascinating but it is his final chapter that shows what motivated him to write this and makes this an exceptionally fine book.
Joe Spencer
Fascinating as history, remarkable as archivology, vital for Derridean philosophy.
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