Abstract This essay explores the political implications and historical basis of noted Egyptologist Jan Assmann’s assertion—based on a distinction made canonical by Carl Schmitt—that the Biblical prohibition of images polarizes the world into friend and enemy. The focus is on two aspects of Assmann’s position: his claims regarding how the Bible represents Egypt and how he reads the first two commandments of the Decalogue. The essay concludes that Assmann relies more on the reception history than on the biblical text itself and ends with a suggestion regarding how to get at an alternative view of the Bible’s political understanding of idolatry.
Method & Theory in the Study of Religion – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2012
Keywords: idolatry; Jan Assmann; images; Carl Schmitt; political; Decalogue; friend/enemy distinction
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