By James K. Hoffmeier

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 historic Egypt. His atypical 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 acknowledged, an intensive advocating a brand new faith, yet fairly a primitivist: that's, one that reaches again to a golden age and emulates it. Akhenaten's concept was once the outdated country (2650-2400 B.C.E.), while the sun-god Re/Atum governed because the unmatched head of the Egyptian pantheon.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 reveals that Akhenaten used to be a real convert to the worship of Aten, the only real author God, in line with the Pharoah's personal testimony of a theophany, a divine come across that introduced his monotheistic spiritual odyssey. The publication additionally explores the Atenist religion's attainable courting to Israel's faith, providing a detailed comparability of the hymn to the Aten to Psalm 104, which has been pointed out through students as motivated by means of the Egyptian hymn.

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

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