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By James K. Hoffmeier

Pharaoh Akhenaten, who reigned for seventeen years within the fourteenth century B.C.E, is likely one of the such a lot interesting rulers of historic Egypt. His strange visual appeal and his preoccupation with worshiping the sunlight disc Aten have inspired educational dialogue and controversy for greater than a century. regardless of the various books and articles approximately this enigmatic determine, many questions on Akhenaten and the Atenism faith stay unanswered.

In Akhenaten and the Origins of Monotheism, James okay. Hoffmeier argues that Akhenaten used to be now not, as is usually acknowledged, a thorough advocating a brand new faith, yet relatively a primitivist: that's, one that reaches again to a golden age and emulates it. Akhenaten's notion was once the outdated state (2650-2400 B.C.E.), while the sun-god Re/Atum governed because the unmatched head of the Egyptian pantheon. Hoffmeier reveals that Akhenaten used to be a real convert to the worship of Aten, the only real writer God, according to the Pharoah's personal testimony of a theophany, a divine come across that introduced his monotheistic non secular odyssey. The booklet additionally explores the Atenist religion's attainable dating to Israel's faith, providing an in depth comparability of the hymn to the Aten to Psalm 104, which has been pointed out by way of students as encouraged via the Egyptian hymn.

Through a cautious studying of key texts, artistic endeavors, and archaeological reviews, Hoffmeier offers 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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Pharaoh Akhenaten, who reigned for seventeen years within the fourteenth century B. C. E, is among the so much fascinating rulers of historical Egypt. His unusual visual appeal and his preoccupation with worshiping the solar disc Aten have influenced educational dialogue and controversy for greater than a century. regardless of the various books and articles approximately this enigmatic determine, many questions about Akhenaten and the Atenism faith stay unanswered.

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