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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 without doubt one of the such a lot interesting rulers of old Egypt. His strange 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 various 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 usually acknowledged, a thorough advocating a brand new faith, yet really a primitivist: that's, one that reaches again to a golden age and emulates it. Akhenaten's thought was once the previous nation (2650-2400 B.C.E.), while the sun-god Re/Atum governed because the unmatched head of the Egyptian pantheon. Hoffmeier unearths that Akhenaten was once a real convert to the worship of Aten, the only real writer God, in response to the Pharoah's personal testimony of a theophany, a divine come across that introduced his monotheistic non secular odyssey. The e-book 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 through students as inspired by way of the Egyptian hymn.

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