By: J.J. Hitt To: Fredric Rice Re: Re: Ikhnaton/Amenhotep monotheism and contemporary mono

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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 BCE: 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 earth; 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. Plaigerism? You bet your wild ass it is.

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