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You Shall Be as Gods: A Radical Interpretation of the Old Testament and Its Tradition

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Erich Fromm’s innovative analysis of the Old Testament as a striking early example of radical humanism


The Old Testament is one of the most carefully studied books in the world’s history. It is also one of the most misunderstood. This founding text of the world’s three largest religions is also, Erich Fromm argues, an impressive radical humanist text. He sees the stories of
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Published February 26th 2013 by Open Road Media (first published 1966)
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Jon Yoni Kastner
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting interpretation backed up through a wealth of sources from the Bible (Tanach), its commentators, the Talmud, and beyond. Fromm grew up in the Jewish tradition, and clearly knew his stuff when it came to Torah literature. His critiques of theism are secondary to the essence of the book - namely, an interpretation of the Old Testament - and for what it aims to do, it does a thorough job.

Erik Graff
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jews & Christians, particularly Reconstructuralists
Recommended to Erik by: Dennis Haas
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I've always admired Erich Fromm who had early been one of those who introduced me to Marx and Marxism in a manner which circumvented my Cold War upbringing. You Shall Be As Gods: A Radical Reinterpretation of the Old Testament and its Tradition serves similarly as a book which offers a constructively engaging new approach to Judaism. Fromm was apparently rabbinically trained. He certainly knew his stuff. I was quite impressed, as I'd never been by Freud, by his mastery of the materials and posit ...more
David
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of those "where have you been all my life?" books. Deep but readable, perceptive, challenging. Fromm wrote on a wide variety of topics, and somehow I hadn't heard much about this book until I saw it in a used bookstore for cheap.

It's marvelous. He uses a careful reading of large chunks of the Hebrew Bible (aka Old Testament) to propose less alienated and more fruitful ways for us to orient our lives. All of this is supported by wonderful commentary and anecdotes primarily from Talmudic schol
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Noor Alam
I enjoyed this book in so far as it made me very intrigued about the Bible and its interpretations. Many of the interpretations made by Fromm are ones that I was less familiar with. He treats the Old testament and the new testament as an archaeological study, which provide a great deal of insight into the collective values of the people at the time and, if read in that context, can provide some understanding of the origins of our moral system.

For example, one story that particularly sticks out
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Martin Hassman
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vyvrcholení Frommových úvah k náboženství. Ty se objevují snad ve všech jeho dalších knihách, kde doplňují základní psychologické myšlenky. V téhle knize je tomu právě naopak. Náboženské myšlenky jsou zde doplňovány (a vysvětlovány) těmi psychologickými. Četl jsem od Fromma už asi 8 knih a tohle je jejich skvělé doplnění.
Achmad Soefandi
Erich Fromm, adalah salah satu tokoh psikoanalisis beraliran humanis, Fromm memadukan teori Karl Marx dan juga Sigmund Freud. Erich Fromm juga dikenal sebagai salah satu tokoh dari mazhab Frankfrut. Mazhab ini bertujuan untuk memperbaiki dari teori Marx agar sesuai dengan konteks masyarakat saat itu. Mazhab Frankfrut juga banyak mengkritisi masyarakat modern yang dianggap sebagai masyarakat yang sudah ditaklukan oleh pengetahuan yang diciptakan sendiri.

Dalam buku ini Fromm mengkaji mengenai agam
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Adrian Barrientos
Muy impresionante cambio de opinión sobre cultura y religión. Muy recomendable.
Rey
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In depth and persuasive, until the last two chapters. Makes an excellent case for how Judaism is about social justice.
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Erich Fromm was a German-born U.S. psychoanalyst and social philosopher who explored the interaction between psychology and society. His works include The Art of Loving; Love, Sexuality, and Matriarchy; and Man for Himself. He died in 1980.

Fromm's theory is a rather unique blend of Freud and Marx. Freud, of course, emphasized the unconscious, biological drives, repression, and so on. In other word
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“Independence is not achieved simply by not obeying mother, father, state, and the like. Independence is not the same as disobedience. Independence is possible only if, and according to the degree to which, man actively grasps the world, is related to it, and thus becomes one with it. There is no independence and no freedom unless man arrives at the stage of complete inner activity and productivity.” 2 likes
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