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Who Is the Dreamer, Who Dreams the Dream? by James S. Grotstein

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Chapter 8

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WHY OEDIPUS AND NOT CHRIST?

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Part 1

A PSYCHOANALYTIC INQUIRY INTO INNOCENCE, HUMAN SACRIFICE, SPIRITUALITY, AND THE SACRED

Many readers may feel that in this chapter and the following one I have become an advocate for religious worship, and others may feel that this work is a blasphemy against the Jewish faith because I use the figure of Christ as an archetype1 as well as a descendant of Oedipus2, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, and other martyrs or would-be martyrs, as well as messiahs or would-be messiahs. (A messiah can be defined, according ...

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