[b-hebrew] Akhenaten and Hebrew religion

Brian Roberts formoria at carolina.rr.com
Wed Jul 21 21:37:19 EDT 2004


I should have said "this is in no way connected to the palace of Pharaoh"

Brian


On Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at 09:33  PM, Brian Roberts wrote:

> Karl,
>
> Ex. 1:11 says the new Pharaoh set up treasure cities at Pithom and 
> Raamses.
>
> The land of Goshen is mentioned in Ex. 8:22 as being the place where 
> the Hebrews were quartered. This is in way connected to the palace of 
> Pharaoh. Again in Ex. 9:26 the Hebrews are located in Goshen, which was 
> said to be immune to the plagues. Were the Pharaoh's palace and main 
> army there, they would have fallen under that immunity, according to 
> the rules of the story.
>
> Besides, the first-born son of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye - Tuthmosis 
> did die before he could reach the throne. I can see how this story 
> could have been the impetus for the death of the first-born plague in 
> Exodus.
>
>
>
>
> On Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at 05:01  PM, Karl Randolph wrote:
>
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Brian Roberts <formoria at carolina.rr.com>
>>
>>> What if an exodus event took place at the end of Akhenaten's father's
>>> life?
>>>
>>> Akhenaten had broken away by then. at least religiously, his
>>> henotheistic views being well-documented before his father's death. 
>>> What
>>> if Psalm 104 carries echoes of the Hymn to the Aten because the
>>> departing Hebrews took it with them?
>>>
>>> R. Brian Roberts
>>
>> Unlikely, as the picture given in Exodus is that the pharaoh had his 
>> capital and main army near the land of Goshen (eastern Nile delta), 
>> not way up in Memphis or Thebes. This situation existed (as far as I 
>> know) only during the Hyksos period and Ramses II and his dynasty. 
>> Other factors make me doubt Ramses II, leaving me, by default, with 
>> the Hyksos.
>>
>> Why not consider the Hymn to the Aten an echo of Psalm 104?
>>
>> Karl W. Randolph.
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