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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 among the so much interesting rulers of old Egypt. His peculiar visual appeal and his preoccupation with worshiping the sunlight disc Aten have prompted 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 okay. Hoffmeier argues that Akhenaten was once now not, as is usually stated, an intensive advocating a brand new faith, yet quite 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 Akhenaten's concept was once the outdated state (2650-2400 B.C.E.), whilst the sun-god Re/Atum governed because the unequalled head of the Egyptian pantheon. Hoffmeier unearths that Akhenaten used to be a real convert to the worship of Aten, the only author God, according to the Pharoah's personal testimony of a theophany, a divine stumble upon that introduced his monotheistic spiritual odyssey. The publication additionally explores the Atenist religion's attainable dating to Israel's faith, delivering an in depth comparability of the hymn to the Aten to Psalm 104, which has been pointed out by way of students as stimulated via the Egyptian hymn.

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

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