[b-hebrew] Akhenaten and Hebrew religion

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Jul 17 16:29:11 EDT 2004

"Reality"? Based on what? Either you take the biblical text at face value,
or you apply some critical method. Where do you get "Amoritic tribal leader"
from, or the date of "nearly a thousand years before Akhenaten" (which would
be around 2400 BCE), or that his faith was "that of the Amorites of his
time"? For that matter, WHAT Amorites in 2400 BCE? Assuming that the
biblical "Emori" (Amorites) have anything to do with the ANE Amurru, they
only appear a few centuries later.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dora Smith" <villandra at austin.rr.com>
To: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>; "b-hebrew"
<b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, July 16, 2004 7:45 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Akhenaten and Hebrew religion

> Then there's the third possibility - reality.   Abraham was an Amoritic
> tribal leader who ranged between Syria and Mesopotamia and Palestine
> a thousand years before Akhenaten, and his faith was that of the Amorites
> his time.
> Yours,
> Dora Smith
> Austin, Texas
> villandra at austin.rr.com
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>
> To: "b-hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Friday, July 16, 2004 11:09 AM
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Akhenaten and Hebrew religion
> >
> > Excuse me Harold, but just how do you know when Abraham lived in
> to
> > Akhenaten?
> >
> > As far as the issue itself, there are two possibilities:
> > 1. Abraham was a true monotheist, just like the Bible says. In this
> it
> > is improbable that he was influenced by Akhenaten, who was far from
> a
> > monotheist.
> >
> > 2. Whoever the "historical" Abraham was, the biblical character of
> > is mostly a creation of later Israelite/Judean writers. In this case,
> > question is, what influence did the short lived "Amarna Revolution" have
> on
> > the eventual development of monotheism in Israel/Judah. My position
> > be - none.
> >
> > Yigal

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