[b-hebrew] Akhenaten and Hebrew religion

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Sat Jul 17 16:35:34 EDT 2004

Years ago I heard that Akhenaton’s grandmother, mother and at least one of his wives was a treaty bride from a Semitic area. Not all Semites were polytheists. Is there any truth to this claim? If so, could Akhenaton have gotten his monotheism from Semitic sources?

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: Uri Hurwitz <uhurwitz at yahoo.com>

>   For an opposing position one may consult J.C. De Moor  The Rise of Yahwism,  and especially the aptly titled chapter  3.: " The Crisis of Polytheism";
>    or  W. Propp's article in Ugarit Forschung 31;
>    or,briefly, in Kitchen's recent On The Reliability of the OT, pp. 330-332.
>   I think their views deserve serious consideration and, in fact a  re-examination of the subject which is exactly what Propp has done in his paper (shades of Kaufmann and Albright and even Freud!)
>   Uri
> Yigal Levin <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il> wrote:
> ....the
> question is, what influence did the short lived "Amarna Revolution" have on
> the eventual development of monotheism in Israel/Judah. My position would
> be - none.
> Yigal
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