Review by Choice Review
In this new book by an apparent newcomer to psychoanalytic scholarship, Rice (City University of New York) has pulled together a variety of data concerning the extent to which members of the Freud family remained observant Jews in Freiberg, where Sigmund Freud was born; in Vienna, where most of Jacob Freud's family lived after 1859; and in England, where Emmanuel and Philipp Freud emigrated. Freud's own representations of his free thinking and his ignorance of Hebrew notwithstanding, it appears that much of the family remained as quite Orthodox and observant Jews. Jacob Freud, whose inscriptions in the family bible Rice presents in an authoritative translation with scholarly commentary, seems to have had a subtle appreciation of Hebrew and of biblical sources. Sigmund Freud's own ambivalence about the religion of his father has been frequently noted (e.g., by Marianne Krull in Freud and His Father, CH, Mar'87), but Rice develops a new and subtle reading of Freud's last writing on religion in 1938, Mann Moses und die Monotheistische Religion (Moses and Monotheism) as evidence of the extent to which he remained engaged by the faith of his father. Advanced undergraduates and up. D. A. Davis Haverford College
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