Monday, 25 January 2010
No doubt you are all familiar with the Pharaoh Akhenaten, who ruled during the Eighteenth Dynasty.
Archaeology only knew this king as a myth, until excavations undertaken by Flinders Petrie, the great British Archaeologist in the nineteenth century at Amama, uncovered evidence of his existence.
We are more familiar with his exotic wife, Nefertiti, an enigmatic and beautiful woman.
The reason Akhenaten was obliterated from the list of kings, was because he espoused a new religion.
Akhenaten created monotheism under the guise of Aten, a supreme God, with no imagery!
This caused outrage amongst the Priesthood in Memphis, a body of men who controlled the spiritual wellbeing of Egyptians and controlled the wealth of the country.
Traditionally Memphis accepted that the Pharaoh was a God and that they managed spirituality in this World.
Akhenaten said that he was not a God, but simply his messenger on Earth.
Clearly this was not acceptable to the priesthood and they worked hard to remove him, but did not dare to have him killed.
Certain modern writers have suggested that Akhenaten was Moses, arguing that the Exodus was led by this man.
Prior to Akhenaten ,monotheism did not exist and the timing would be right, to suggest he created it.
We know from the Bible that polytheism was prevalent before Moses.
The disappearance of Akhenaten at the time Moses appeared, might suggest that this theory was correct.
I leave it to you to wonder.