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11th February 2011

On the Pharaoh Akhenaten

 

Akhenaten and the Birth of Monotheism

An Essay by John David Ebert

I. Blackboard

The religious pattern of Western monotheism that becomes evident when the lives of Moses, Christ and Mohammad are drawn out on the blackboard is already clearly sketched out in the life of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten, the West’s prototypal monotheist. There is no way to describe the founders of the three great monotheisms of the West without first glancing back at the pattern laid down by Akhenaten, whose great experiment already forecasts their advent. Read the rest of this entry »

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