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Archetype of the Apocalypse: A Jungian Study of the Book of Revelation

Edinger, Edward F.

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ISBN 10: 0812693957 / ISBN 13: 9780812693959
Published by Open Court Publishing Company, 1999
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Title: Archetype of the Apocalypse: A Jungian Study...

Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

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According to Edward Edinger, we are in the midst of a monumental cultural change that will end the world as we know it. This is the result of the increasingly powerful force of our collective unconscious, the Apocalypse archetype. This archetype manifests itself through various signs: the drama of international relations, the breakdown of social structure, and the widening gap between political, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic groups, in science fiction and New Age books, TV, and movies. The public's preoccupation with natural disasters and the rise of religious cults and survivalist sects are other indicators. In ten chapters Edinger analyzes the Book of Revelation from this Jungian perspective. Case histories include David Koresh and the Heaven's Gate cult.

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As a tool for textual criticism, Jungian analysis often reveals as much or more about Jungian analysis than about the text. Edinger's study of John's Apocalypse is no exception. Readers will learn a great deal about the Jungian concept of archetypes and their impact on individuation; they will learn less about the biblical book. Edinger was a founder of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. This book grew out of a series of 10 lectures he delivered at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, beginning in 1995. Though edited and revised for publication, they retain some of the fragmentary and episodic character of popular lectures. The book is divided into chapters that follow the sequence of John's narrative. Edinger brings the narrative into dialogue with dream images gleaned from his own experience as an analyst and from reports of other psychiatrists. Most interesting are Edinger's extensive commentary on Jung's Answer to Job and his brief discussion of two contemporary cases of "possession" by the "apocalypse archetype"ADavid Koresh and the leaders of Heaven's Gate. These illustrate the explosive power of what Edinger calls "the coming of the Self." For the alienated ego, the eruption of the Self from the unconscious is not only explosive but destructive. The alternative Edinger proposes, quoting Jung, is the "broadening out of man to the whole man," a far cry from the book of Revelation but an indication of the social dimension of Jungian individuation.
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