By: J.J. Hitt
To: Fredric Rice
Re: Re: Ikhnaton/Amenhotep monotheism and contemporary monotheism
FR> About 1375 the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep IV, the ruler of
FR> the Eighteeenth Dynasy decreed monotheism, adopting the
FR> sun god Aton. The religion was called Ikhnaton because
FR> Amenhotep changed his name to Ikhnaton and attempted to
FR> impose his monotheism upon the people.
FR> He didn't succeed.
Yup. The priests represented a powerful political base and didn't
appreciate his cutting them out of the action.
FR> The Isrealites were the first to
FR> successfully to impliment Ikhnaton and eventually some of
FR> the writings of Amenhotep made it into the Christian
FR> religion we see today... specifically Exodus 20:2-5.
Not to mention the Psalms.
Witness the following 'Hymn to the Sun' written by Akhenaten circa 1330
Thou alone hast created the world according to Thy wishes, with men
and their herds and flocks, together with all wild creatures that
are on the earth and that go upon the rivers and that soar through
the air above us on their wings.
How splendid are all the works of Thy mind, Thou Lord of Eternity. On
earth all things are accomplished at a nod of Thy head, for Thou are
the Creator. Thou alone are life, for man lives but through Thee.
NOW compare the above with Psalm 104:
104:5 [Who] laid the foundations of the earth, [that] it should not
be removed for ever.
104:10 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, [which] run
among the hills.
104:11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild
asses quench their thirst.
104:12 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their
habitation, [which] sing among the branches.
104:14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb
for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the
104:30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and
thou renewest the face of the earth.
104:31 The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD
shall rejoice in his works.
104:33 I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will
sing praise to my God while I have my being.
You bet your wild ass it is.