By James K. Hoffmeier
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 Akhenaten's concept was once the outdated country (2650-2400 B.C.E.), while the sun-god Re/Atum governed because the unmatched head of the Egyptian pantheon.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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Akhenaten and the Origins of Monotheism by James K. Hoffmeier