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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 exciting rulers of old Egypt. His extraordinary visual appeal and his preoccupation with worshiping the sunlight 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 was once no longer, as is frequently acknowledged, an intensive advocating a brand new faith, yet fairly a primitivist: that's, person who reaches again to a golden age and emulates it. Akhenaten's concept used to be the outdated state (2650-2400 B.C.E.), while the sun-god Re/Atum governed because the unequalled head of the Egyptian pantheon. Hoffmeier reveals that Akhenaten used to be a real convert to the worship of Aten, the only real author God, according to the Pharoah's personal testimony of a theophany, a divine come across that introduced his monotheistic spiritual 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 means of students as prompted by way of the Egyptian hymn.

Through a cautious interpreting of key texts, works of art, and archaeological reviews, 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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