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By James K. Hoffmeier

Pharaoh Akhenaten, who reigned for seventeen years within the fourteenth century B.C.E, is among the so much interesting rulers of old Egypt. His peculiar visual appeal and his preoccupation with worshiping the sunlight disc Aten have encouraged educational dialogue and controversy for greater than a century. regardless of the varied books and articles approximately this enigmatic determine, many questions about Akhenaten and the Atenism faith stay unanswered.

In Akhenaten and the Origins of Monotheism, James ok. Hoffmeier argues that Akhenaten used to be no longer, as is frequently acknowledged, an intensive advocating a brand new faith, yet really a primitivist: that's, one that reaches again to a golden age and emulates it. Akhenaten's thought used to be the outdated country (2650-2400 B.C.E.), while the sun-god Re/Atum governed because the unmatched head of the Egyptian pantheon. Hoffmeier reveals that Akhenaten was once a real convert to the worship of Aten, the only writer God, in keeping with the Pharoah's personal testimony of a theophany, a divine come upon that introduced his monotheistic non secular odyssey. The publication additionally explores the Atenist religion's attainable courting to Israel's faith, providing an in depth comparability of the hymn to the Aten to Psalm 104, which has been pointed out through students as prompted by way of the Egyptian hymn.

Through a cautious analyzing of key texts, artistic endeavors, and archaeological reports, Hoffmeier presents compelling new insights right into a faith that predated Moses and Hebrew monotheism, the influence of Atenism on Egyptian faith and politics, and the aftermath of Akhenaten's reign.

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