Akhenaten and the Origins of Monotheism by James K. Hoffmeier PDF

By James K. Hoffmeier

Pharaoh Akhenaten, who reigned for seventeen years within the fourteenth century B.C.E, is among the such a lot fascinating rulers of old Egypt. His extraordinary visual appeal and his preoccupation with worshiping the solar 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 on 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, a thorough advocating a brand new faith, yet relatively a primitivist: that's, person who reaches again to a golden age and emulates it. Akhenaten's suggestion was once the previous country (2650-2400 B.C.E.), while the sun-god Re/Atum governed because the unequalled head of the Egyptian pantheon. Hoffmeier reveals that Akhenaten was once a real convert to the worship of Aten, the only writer God, according to the Pharoah's personal testimony of a theophany, a divine come upon that introduced his monotheistic non secular odyssey. The ebook additionally explores the Atenist religion's attainable courting to Israel's faith, delivering an in depth comparability of the hymn to the Aten to Psalm 104, which has been pointed out via students as motivated by means of the Egyptian hymn.

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