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By James K. Hoffmeier

ISBN-10: 0199792089

ISBN-13: 9780199792085

Pharaoh Akhenaten, who reigned for seventeen years within the fourteenth century B.C.E, is likely one of the so much interesting rulers of historic Egypt. His extraordinary 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 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 ok. Hoffmeier argues that Akhenaten was once no longer, as is frequently stated, an intensive advocating a brand new faith, yet fairly a primitivist: that's, one that reaches again to a golden age and emulates it. Akhenaten's concept was once the outdated state (2650-2400 B.C.E.), whilst the sun-god Re/Atum governed because the unmatched head of the Egyptian pantheon.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 real author God, in accordance with the Pharoah's personal testimony of a theophany, a divine come upon that introduced his monotheistic spiritual odyssey. The booklet additionally explores the Atenist religion's attainable dating to Israel's faith, providing a detailed comparability of the hymn to the Aten to Psalm 104, which has been pointed out via students as encouraged by way of the Egyptian hymn.

Through a cautious interpreting of key texts, works of art, and archaeological experiences, Hoffmeier presents compelling new insights right into a faith that predated Moses and Hebrew monotheism, the effect of Atenism on Egyptian faith and politics, and the aftermath of Akhenaten's reign.

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