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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 such a lot interesting rulers of historic Egypt. His ordinary visual appeal and his preoccupation with worshiping the solar disc Aten have motivated 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 now not, as is frequently stated, a thorough advocating a brand new faith, yet quite a primitivist: that's, one that reaches again to a golden age and emulates it. Akhenaten's idea was once the outdated country (2650-2400 B.C.E.), while the sun-god Re/Atum governed because the unmatched head of the Egyptian pantheon. Hoffmeier unearths that Akhenaten used to be a real convert to the worship of Aten, the only author God, in response to the Pharoah's personal testimony of a theophany, a divine come upon that introduced his monotheistic spiritual odyssey. The ebook additionally explores the Atenist religion's attainable courting to Israel's faith, supplying an in depth comparability of the hymn to the Aten to Psalm 104, which has been pointed out by way of students as encouraged by means of the Egyptian hymn.

Through a cautious analyzing of key texts, artistic endeavors, and archaeological reports, 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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