By James K. Hoffmeier
In Akhenaten and the Origins of Monotheism, James okay. Hoffmeier argues that Akhenaten was once now not, as is usually stated, a thorough advocating a brand new faith, yet fairly a primitivist: that's, person who reaches again to a golden age and emulates it. Akhenaten's thought was once the outdated state (2650-2400 B.C.E.), while the sun-god Re/Atum governed because the unequalled head of the Egyptian pantheon.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 real author God, in line with the Pharoah's personal testimony of a theophany, a divine stumble upon that introduced his monotheistic non secular odyssey. The booklet additionally explores the Atenist religion's attainable dating to Israel's faith, providing a detailed comparability of the hymn to the Aten to Psalm 104, which has been pointed out by means of students as stimulated through the Egyptian hymn.
Through a cautious studying of key texts, works of art, and archaeological reports, Hoffmeier presents compelling new insights right into a faith that predated Moses and Hebrew monotheism, the impression 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