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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 fascinating rulers of historic Egypt. His ordinary visual appeal and his preoccupation with worshiping the solar disc Aten have inspired 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 okay. Hoffmeier argues that Akhenaten used to be no longer, as is frequently stated, 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 Akhenaten's notion was once the outdated state (2650-2400 B.C.E.), while the sun-god Re/Atum governed because the unmatched head of the Egyptian pantheon. Hoffmeier reveals that Akhenaten used to be a real convert to the worship of Aten, the only author God, in accordance with 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 courting to Israel's faith, providing an in depth comparability of the hymn to the Aten to Psalm 104, which has been pointed out through students as motivated through the Egyptian hymn.

Through a cautious studying of key texts, works of art, and archaeological experiences, 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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